Posted by: atowhee | November 2, 2019


This was the final birding field trip for our fall birding class sponsored by McMinnville Park & Rec.  Wew headed south to Baskett Slough, finding our best birds of the day along Hwy 99 and its side roads.  Baskett Slough NWR is still low on water and bereft of its usual extensive wintering waterfowl population,

Wed had Rough-legged Hawks in both Yamhill and Polk Counties.  In Yamhill along SW Perrydale Road about a mile west of Hwy 99.  A second white-fronted raptor stood in a field so far away even  the scope was little help,  but likely a second Roughie.  In Polk County we flushed a Roughie from the lone tree east of 99 about a quarter  mile south of the Bethel Road intersection.  This is an area where I have noted Rough-legged Hawks in past winters.

The Black Phoebe was on the bridge and along the creekside at the Ash Swale Bridge on Patty Lane.  The road is blocked at the bridge now if you enter from Hwy 99.   The vicinity of the bridge was alive with bird action including a blue heron up a tree.  We presume he swallow something large as he couldn’t close his beak…yet.

At Baskett a marauding adult Bald Eagle twice sent skeins of cackling Cacklers into the air to escape.  Both times large flocks flew from the north to cross over our heads along Covill Road.  The snipe we saw were in first grassy field west of 99 and south of Covill Road.  Most of the brush at the parking lot with a toilet  building has been burned and so we saw quail in the burned over area, hunting food.  Then the covey flew south to a surviving thicket.

Perrydale Road SW, Yamhill Cty, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 2, 2019
4 species

Killdeer  100
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1     possibly a second one too far away to confirm
American Kestrel  2

Patty Ln., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 2, 2019
12 species

Great Blue Heron  1     immature perched in a tree
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Black Phoebe  1     on Ash Swale Bridge
California Scrub-Jay  4
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Spotted Towhee  1

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Nov 2, 2019
22 species

Cackling Goose  2000
Canada Goose  6
Gadwall  2
Mallard  X
California Quail  15
Mourning Dove  8
Killdeer  X
Wilson’s Snipe  12
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  5
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
American Pipit  X
House Finch  2
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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