Posted by: atowhee | August 29, 2018


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
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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