Posted by: atowhee | April 25, 2020

ISN’T IT A LITTLE LATE? MAYBE NOT… no, some nest here I have learned…

Linda Phelan Thompson:  We have G. Egrets nesting with the GB Herons out on Sauvie Is., at Smith and Bybee, and out just beyond Jackson Bottoms, the closest to us that I know of. These are the three spots I know of personally. They started nesting at Smith and Bybee several years ago. I could take you to any one of these spots.

There was a Great Egret at a private farm pond just north of McMinnville this afternoon.  Isn’t this a bit late in the season for that bird here in the Willamette? Not according to eBird which shows records here in Yamhill until mid-May.  There are not records of the egret nesting in this county though it does nest in marshy areas east of the Cascades in south-central Oregon.  There was also a single Greater Yellowlegs in the shallows of the same pond.

While at the pond I heard and saw a flock of about 200 white-fronts fly over, heading north.  Some wintering ducks linger–see checklist below.

No Name Pond, McMinnville, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 25, 2020 4:00 PM
14 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  200     in migration
Canada Goose  1
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  4
Green-winged Teal  10
Ring-necked Duck  7
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Great Egret    1
Turkey Vulture  5
European Starling  X
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6

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