Posted by: atowhee | April 14, 2018


Our McMinnville birding class went to Baskett Slough this morning.  Foremost among our delights: no rain!  Other goodies: good views of male harrier hunting in close proximity, thousands of Cackling Geese grazing in one pasture and watching us carefully as we watched them in turn, nice views of Orange-crowned Warbler, several eagles, a pair of Cinnamon Teal not too far off.  Nothing rare except the lack of rain.

There were hundreds of flying swallows from four species.  The most abundant at two locations–Anith and Baskett Slough–were Cliff.  We did not spot a single Northern Rough-winged, however.

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White-crowned Sparrow, justa passin’ through, stranger:WHITEY

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Apr 14, 2018.  38 species (+1 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  2
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  X
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)  X
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  2
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  6
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X     hundreds feeding over water
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s) (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

Amity Pond, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 14, 2018.  5 species

Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

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