Posted by: atowhee | August 18, 2017


August 18 This morning Paul Sullivan and I birded some of the watery spots in south Yamhill County. First stop was Sheridan Sewer Ponds where we had seven species of ducks and six of shorebirds. But the best find of the day was along Patty Lane where it crosses Ash Swale, south of Amity. Looking out the car window there was a single shorebird feeding on the bare mud along the creek. First, we noticed the speckled back…then Paul pointed out the bright white eye-ring. It was a Pectoral Sandpiper, WE THOUGHT. STUDYING IT LATER AFTER SUGGESTION FROM MY FRIEND, DICK ASHFORD…SOLITARY SANDPIPER. My first of the fall. A scarce if regular migrant through Yamhill after the breeding season. “Pects”—as we lovingly call them–breed along the edge of the North Sea and in Siberia.PECT1PECT2PECT3
The waterfowl and shorebirds are beginning to collect at this spot popular with both groups as well as some scent-impaired birders.
Red-necked Phalarope, a pair was far out in the pond with terrible back lighting.RN PHAL FAR
There was a small flock of peeps, a majority were Western Sandpipers:wesa brite2Preening, if you;d been eating what they were eating you’d wanna clean your feathers, too. But that beak has been places…wesa preenTwopipers: Western on left and at rear, Least to the right:twopipers
The Brewer’s Blackbirds were legion, and busy and everywhere we looked, but we tried to concentrate on the quartet of handsome Lesser Yellowlegs:LY BRBLYeah, Killdeer. They, too, were all along the shoreline.LY NEARBYLY PAIRDLY SHRDNAs I said, the blackbirds were all around…here you see a scattered, chaotic flock in the sky. A few Violet-green Swallows in that swirl no doubt. The swallows were the only species more numerous than Mallards or coots.BRBL GNATS
SWALLOWS ABOUNDIN’ There were a few Barn, and here you see two of the Cliffs, but mostly it was Violet-green and predominantly first year birds.clsw on wireIMG_4169VG on right, Cliffies to the slwo1wired1
WATERFOWLwfowl1Above, taking off in background: Shoveler. Below, Pintail near Canada Geese.wfowl2
Bonus bird: Black Phoebe, looked like a youngster:BP ON PIPE

Sheridan WTP Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 18, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM. 36 species

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 40
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) 5
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 50
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) 150
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 4
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (carolinensis) (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 50
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 2
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 6
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 4
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 500
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 50
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) (Passerculus sandwichensis [sandwichensis Group]) 10
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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