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Posted by: atowhee | April 7, 2018

WINDBLOWN TUALATIN

Several intrepid birders from our McMinnville birding class accompanied me to the Tualatin River Nwr this morning.  The wind and rain tagged along later.  Before that we got in some good birding. When we arrived three Bald Eagles were circling over the march before the visitors center: an adult, a yearling and a two-year-old.

Yellow-rumped Warblers of both flavors were busy in the regenerating oak forest along the trail.  The air was criss-crossed by hundreds of swallows.  We saw four species, the most prevalent were Violet-green.

Therer were several birders looking for the Black-bellied Plovers…when we left there were no positive sightings.  ONe Red-necked Phalarope had been seen, but not by us.  This wund should drive lots of interesting of stuff into the Willamette Valley…

THE THRILLIUM OF TRILLIUM

Ah spring:TRILL-1TRILL2TRILL3TRILL4

 

Tualatin River NWR–Atfálat’i Unit, Washington, Oregon, US
Apr 7, 2018 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.   27 species (+1 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  X
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)  X
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Double-crested Cormorant  x
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X

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