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Posted by: atowhee | February 22, 2018

FEB. 22–FERNHILL WETLANDS

WE saw what we expected today, we three birders from McMinnville…and then we saw a Black Phoebe…one of those species expanding its range northward with climate change.  It would not have been around Forest Grove a hundred years ago.

High on the list of entertainers during our afternoon visit: 2 Bald Eagle kids (a yearling and a two-year-old) who kept frightening the geese and ducks and herons sending them into the air…and a air of feuding harriers who sparred in the air, just above the cattails, with talons pulsing…no blood shed as far as we could tell.GEES-EGL2Above image: geese above marauding eagle.  Below: the glory that is green-winged teal, out smallest dabbling duck.GWT-CLOSERNap time at snipe pond:SNIPE-THREE

Fernhill Wetlands (general), Washington, Oregon, US
Feb 22, 2018 2:05 PM – 3:35 PM.  23 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  2
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  X
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Black Phoebe
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

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