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Posted by: atowhee | October 14, 2017

COLD FOG, COLD SWALLOWS, COLD BIRDERS

Heading south from McMinnville on Hwy 99 there were foggy bottoms.  Wed did not get out of the fog until we drove up Rice Lane, at least 150′ above the valley floor.   Baskett Slough greeted us with gray fog and lousy visibility beyond fifty feet.  The Pond along Coville Road had attracted a flock of Barn Swallows.  What are they still doing here? I saw a mixed flock of Barn and Violet-green Swallows feeding over the Willamette at the Wheatland Ferry crosssing around noon yesterday.  Later in the afternoon they had left that spot.

Today was our weekly field trip for the McMinnville Parks’ birding class.  I did get to see my first Ruby-crowned Kinglets of the season.  They were very busy, of course, making the nearby Myrtle Warblers look slow and stodgy.  The songbird flock at the Baskett Slough parking lot along Colville Road was very busy.  My first Fox Sparrow of the season was in the flock there.

Even though we got within thirty feet of these waxwings, the fog prevented any clear images.  The youngster is the one with the streaky breast.  The flock was cleaning out the fruit on a chokecherry hawthorn growing next to Rice Lane.cw flapcw sitzcw yngstThe best sighting of the day was NOT a bird, it was this sign.  A co-operative project to bring back a good-sized parcel of oak savannah.  The Acorn Woodpeckers and I applaud.  Thank you, Keeler Estate Vineyard and friends.  This is also along Rice Lane, Amity.oak projct

Rice Ln., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 14, 2017. Comments: cold fog. 5 species

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  10
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Oct 14, 2017.  
23 species. fog.

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  6
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  11
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  8
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  3

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