Posted by: atowhee | December 26, 2019


Our count is tomorrow–good weather forecast.  My team does the northwest quadrant of the count circle, fields, forest and up into Coast Range foothills. Did some scouting this afternoon. Best find: flock of bluebirds (western) at No Name Pond.  There was also a Great Horned Owl calling there in the twilight after sunset.

At one spot there was an untended old apple orchard along the road.  A pair of Red-breasted Sapsuc ers were in one tree.   Nearby was a Spotted Towhee eating one of the apples still on its branch.

In the farm pond along Pheasant Hill Road there was a pair of Hooded Merganser hiding among the dozens of ring-necks.

Bluebirds and one of the sapsuckers amidst the apples:

No Name Pond, McMinnville, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 26, 2019
11 species

Canada Goose 60
Northern Shoveler 50
Gadwall 3
American Wigeon 5
Mallard 20
Green-winged Teal 5
Wilson’s Snipe 2
Great Horned Owl  1
Western Bluebird 10
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Red-winged Blackbird X

McMinnville CBC-NW quadrant, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 26, 2019
16 species

Canada Goose  60
Ring-necked Duck  150
Hooded Merganser  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  2
American Coot  4
Killdeer  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
American Kestrel  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
European Starling  5
American Robin  60
Dark-eyed Junco  150
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1

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