Posted by: atowhee | June 23, 2017


Friday, June 23.  As the days shorten, they also get hotter in early summer.  Today the high was in mid-90s.  The dog and I hied ourselves over to the Yamhill Sewer Ponds in mid-afternoon. We briefly braved the withering sunshine and the desiccating wind to check out the ponds: one Spotted Sandpiper seen. For the most part we stayed in the shade along the creek. There were not a lot of birds in the air: many Tree Swallows, a pair of Violet-green and a single blue heron fly-by.  The swallows are nesting in the boxes along the fence and were carrying food back to the nests this afternoon.

The blackberries and poison hemlock were luxuriant and covered with blooms.  There’ll be plenty of seeds and berries by late summer. Also in bloom: roadside catalpa, buttercups, wild roses, various white daisies.  At one still pool in the creek a frog plunked into the water.  At another pool I could see a submerged truck tire on the creek bottom.  Nothing is beyond human desecration, I fear.  Yet I did see a Green Heron silently waft upstream to escape my presence.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 23, 2017 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM.  13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 25
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 11
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 40
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X

Carlton City Sewer Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 23, 2017 3:45 PM – 3:50 PM.  7 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2


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