Posted by: atowhee | August 9, 2018


Very little water left at Baskett Slough.  One-half of the marsh south of Coville Road is dried up.  Coville Pond is down to a small puddle jammed with doomed fish.  The water-prone birds concentrated in the remaining wet wetlands.  The finches are dining on ripe thistle seeds.  We saw nothing unusual, three species of migrating shorebird and a single first-year California Gull.  Besides Mallards, the most numerous species was Violet-green Swallow.  One channel with water still in it was so crowded with Mallards it resembled an ant hill, not mallard mound.

Greater Yellowlegs above. Below: thistle patch with American Goldfinch and bee each working on their chosen part of the plant.  Finch eating seeds, bee gathering pollen.BUSY THISTLBEE-CU

Ground squirrel above ground. Kestrel far above ground.  Pennyroyal, well grounded:GS ALERTDKSTRLP-RYL

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Aug 9, 2018. 30 species

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  X
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  27
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  17
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  12
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  6
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  4
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  5
California Gull (Larus californicus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  300
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X

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