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Posted by: atowhee | August 29, 2018

SEEKING SHOREBIRDS

To find shorebirds, you often needs some shore, or at least some standing water.  And with this dry season, one place that guarantees water…your nearest old-fashioned, open pond sewer plant.  Here in Yamhill County the best are Sheridan in the south, Yamhill in the north.

Yesterday afternoon in the bright sun there were only a few visible shorebirds.  This morning at Yamhill Sewer I saw my first Red-necked Phalarope of the year.RNPHere are the phalarope at the far side of the pond…the duck in foreground is a Shoveler.rnp2Here are the Least Sandpipers feeding on…crust might be the polite word.  Guess I do not want to be reincarnated as a sandpiper…yam-lesayam-lesa2

Last night at 1030pm my wife and I walked the dogs past Memorial Elementary School and at NW 13th Street and Yamhill we heard a nearby Great Horned Owl calling from high in one of the talk trees in the middle of the block on east side of Yamhill. Here you can witness crowd-building, goldfinch style:1B2B4B5B6BIn our garden the female Anna’s  made a lunch-time visit, moving too fast for the camera to focus:

Tualatin River NWR–Atfálat’i Unit, Washington, Oregon, US
Aug 28, 2018.  13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  X
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  6
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  1
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)  2
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  40
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 29, 2018.  15 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Shoveler
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  9
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)  8
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  7
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  40
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  25

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