Posted by: atowhee | March 26, 2018


I went from McMinnville down Hwy 99W to Corvallis, west to Summit, and back, today.  Every few miles I saw Turkey Vultures circling in the air.  They were not very high, there being little heated air to offer up-draft.  I presume, without actually speaking to any of them, that these TVs were heading north.

This evening at Yamhill Sewer ponds I had a successful snipe hunt–at least a dozen lifted off from the small marsh as the dog and I circled the wet spot.  Each snorted in anger as it flew up from the grass and circled before coming back to land near where they had taken off.SNPE FLITE2SNPE FLITE3Also at the ponds there was a pair (one male, one female) hopscotching up and down nearby tree trunks in some kind of courtship or nest-siting demonstration, a few calls but not the long sequence of notes. No photo opp, sadly.AH MALE UPPIndian plum:IND PLUMSNOYamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 26, 2018 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM.   14 species
First time in months there have been no shovelers on these ponds.  Headed north?

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  60
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  15
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  50
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  12
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X


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