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Posted by: atowhee | January 15, 2018

MORNING CHORUS: BIRDS AND FROGS

Again the Red-winged Blackbirds pretending it’s April, chorus frogs chorusing.  Also, at Yamhill Sewer the snipe were in their wintering marsh which has filled to about a half acre now.  They can be very hard to see when they are not in flight.  Most shorebirds are fine with open areas and visibility, like Killdeer and Sanderlings.  Snipe act more like rails or Wrentits.  Concealment is their ideal.  Like this:IMG_0321IMG_0328IMG_0334IMG_0336The Kestrel pair were hunting side-by-side.  The couple that slays together stays together. Male nearest the camera:k-pairl-s flckSHOVES1BUFF_LI1SHOVEAround the garden feeders:myrtFirst myrtle warbler of the year, replacing the Audubon’s who failed to appear.myrt2myrt3Siskin actionpisi flapp

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 15, 2018. 18 species

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  80
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  12
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  30
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  5
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  4
Kestrel  2     mated pair
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  200
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  35
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  50

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