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Posted by: atowhee | November 1, 2018

POLK COUNTY BIRDS

Saturday our McMinnville birding class will go south to Polk County on a field trip.  Today I went down to do some scouting.  The Amity Pond is nearly dry and totally birdless.  The pond at Left Coast Cellars was rewarding with some Hooded Mergansers seen in good light.  Baskett Slough is finally getting some water, the pond along Coville Road is revived and there were Dunlins there plus a quartet of GW Teal.

The peregrine  never left this perch the whole time we were there.  Nutria:nutr

Along Hwy 99 south of Amity a work crew was placing these coils on the wires to make them visible to birds:bird baffl

Left Coast Cellars, Polk, Oregon, US
Nov 1, 2018.  6 species

Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  5
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Nov 1, 2018. 12 species

Cackling Goose (minima) (Branta hutchinsii minima)  5000
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  X
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  12
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) (Agelaius phoeniceus [phoeniceus Group])  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

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