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Posted by: atowhee | September 30, 2018

AUTUMN ARRIVES ON LITTLE WINGS

There was a flock of White-crowned Sparrows at Yamhill Sewer Ponds this morning, out-numbering all the other species there except the local starlings.  They were feeding in the teasel and the hawthorn, the high weeds and thistles.  Most were first year birds, all newly arrived from further north.wcs in weed

Other migrants there today: shovelers now more numerous than the local Mallards, Barn Swallows, TVs, American Goldfinches, robins, a single Audubon’s Warbler. The only surprise was a Red-breasted Sapsucker flying across an open field.  But he soon found a hawthorn tree and disappeared inside.  The male Wood Ducks had passed through their flightless stage and are now gussied up in their breeding costume, what style, what showduckship!

Here is Mallard pair resting on, er, floating matter in a sewage pond:mall float

Here’s a recent Red-beasted Sapsuc ker, not today’s fly-by.  This one was on maple trunk at Wennerberg Park:RBS AT GRNFLL

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 30, 2018 10:45 AM.  22 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  7
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  25
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  200
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  25
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  40
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  60
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1

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