Posted by: atowhee | April 21, 2018


This morning our McMinnville birding class went to Grand Island.  Most numerous species was Cliff Swallow.  As we drove over the bridge above the river arm separating mainland from island we were beneath hundreds of Cliff Swallows who will nest on that bridge this summer.

Our second stop found us beneath a wired-up White-crowned Sparrow near two perched Bald Eagles and watching a Vaux’s Swift pass by…in flight, of course.  It was my first view of that species this year.  I hope they return to nest in our chimney once again.

We were treated to a clear, sunny view of a Red-breasted Sapsucker preening himself high in a dead cottonwood. We also had one Common Yellowthroat who circled us and allowed some quick glimpses.  As we left the river greenway parking area a male Purple Finch was serenading from high in nearby trees.

Three nest platforms were occupied by Osprey, and we saw an osprey having a late breakfast of fresh fish. No sauce, no side order of fries.  Kater we saw a young eagle chasing another Osprey.BE TWOGETHERC-S FLOK2Cliff Swallows:C-S FLOK3OSPAIRDOSPLATFRMWhite-crowned Sparrow…this one was singing to us as we watched.WCS-BUSHDWC-WIRED

Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 21, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:40 AM.  38 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  2
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  2     seen as we drove off the island
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  6
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1–my first of the year
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  400
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  20
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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