Posted by: atowhee | September 9, 2017

YAMHILL: SWARMS OF SWALLOWS, LOAF OF PEEPS

clowdsSept. 9. The swallows were taking advantage of the blue sky, cotton clouds, no wind, calm morning. Dissipated smoke, desiccated earth, insects aloft. That was the situation at Yamhill Sewer Ponds this morning. The swallows came in two flavors: Barn and Violet-green. Some swallows along with a trio of cavorting ravens and a pair of Turkey Vultures were very high in air. Meanwhile, the peeps were loafing on one cormer of one sewer pond where the scum was thickest. Again, two species: Western and Least Sandpipers, though I think there was a single Spotted in the crowd.
One kingfisher lifted out of the trees along Stag Hollow Ceeek and flew over the ponds, heading west. As we walked through the thirsty forest of oak and cottonwood and ash, a covey of quail had heard our approach and went scuttling past us in the underbrush. I could hear the warning clucks surrounding us and got a glimpse of a couple birds fluttering a few feet off the ground. It is only the second tie I’ve recorded quail at this site.
I am now up to 98 species total for Yamhill Sewer ponds site. A new duck species and a traveling Merlin this winter could get me to 100. This late inthe year it is nice to see the Wilson’s Warblers, likely migrants as I saw none at this site in the summer.
Just before dog and I got back to parking lot, a garter snake crossed our path. About two feet this modest personage may be our last snake of the season. The dog never notices snakes, or birds smaller than Wild Turkeys and hardly even acknowledges squirrels who can usually dominate the doggie senses. She will snap at annoying flies but in general she lives her sensual life through her nose and except for other dogs or humans, creatures are not as interesting as complex spore.
crooCrow above. The smaller, darker peeps are Leasts.IMG_6228I believe the cneter bird in this abd image with the white shoulder is the Spotted.peepz5
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HOW DRY?
No rain all summer. The blackberries are shriveling down to raisins, but still tasty. Leaves are falling. Cracks in the parched soil are gaping. My shoe is about five inches across.bb raisinsdry-adry-b
The white (Garry)( oaks are acorning well this summer.acrnoakA;ong the trail were tufts of this fine gray and black-edged fur. Seems perhaps a local predator had dined on raccoon right there on the path.coon-fur

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 9, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Comments: No robins–we are in the robin gap
19 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 3
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) 8
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 15
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 4
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 20
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 3
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 300
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 200
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1


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