Posted by: atowhee | April 2, 2019


The BB Plover ain’t as musical as B. B. King, but can still make a birder’s heart sing.  This morning there were eight of them on the levee between the Yamhill Sewer Ponds.  All in breeding plumage, that nominate black midriff.  Stupidly I left my camera at home, no pictures.  Camera–never leave home without it, even if it is supposed to be only a dog walk.

I raced home, careful to stop at every stop sign, grabbed my camera and returned but the plovers had continued on their way to the Arctic.  Time is critical this time of year.  It was only ny second sighting of the species in Yamhill County.

The Canada Geese are now incubating eggs so was at least one female Mallard.  The paired Wood Ducks were still paddling around in the ponds.  Tree swallows were very serious about the various nest boxes along the fence on east side of the ponds.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 2, 2019. 21 species

Cackling Goose  300
Canada Goose  22
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  9
Green-winged Teal  1
Lesser Scaup  32
Bufflehead  20
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  7
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Black-bellied Plover  8     in breeding plumage
Killdeer  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  30
Violet-green Swallow  1
American Robin  10
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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