Posted by: atowhee | February 19, 2020


I birded Hagg Lake and then Wapato Lake today with Roshana Shockley.  Nothing unusual but plenty of waterfowl, large and small.  Wapato is a unit of the Tualatin River NWR and just southeast of Gaston.

At Hagg Lake most of the water birds were at the shallow end, including one Common Loon, one Eared Grebe, most of the ducks and cormorant.  At Wapato we saw swans roll over in the water as they washed their feathers.  They would roll head first and briefly only their white belly and black legs would be above water.  Also at Wapato were at least three pairs of Wood Ducks, the males in their sporty breeding plumage.

Henry Hagg Lake Park (Scoggins Valley Park), Washington, Oregon, US
Feb 19, 2020
22 species
Canada Goose  40
Northern Shoveler  30
American Wigeon  60
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  30
Green-winged Teal  50
Bufflehead  40
Common Merganser  15
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Eared Grebe  1
Western Grebe  12
American Coot  50
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Kestrel  1
Steller’s Jay  4
California Scrub-Jay  1
Common Raven  1
Pacific Wren  1
American Robin  20
Song Sparrow  1

Wapato Lake NWR (restricted access), Washington, Oregon, US
Feb 19, 2020
Checklist Comments:     viewed from 11750 Flett Road
12 species
Cackling Goose  60
Canada Goose  100
Tundra Swan  40
Wood Duck  6
Northern Shoveler  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Ring-necked Duck  50
Bufflehead  X
American Coot  X

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