Posted by: atowhee | May 8, 2020


Before I submitted my eBird lists I though the Yellow-breasted Chat on Muddy valley Road here in Yamhill County would be the bird of the day.  I was not far from four other birders as we traveled between stops in different cars (not too different as there a pair of lookalike silver Priuses in our caravan).  We saw said chat and heard all that he said, chortles, whistles, staccato warnings, warbles, trills, growls, much of the chattery repertoire.

Well, eBird thinks the Forster’s Tern we saw over the marsh at Baskett Slough was bird of the day. I had to ask the data base to give me the tern’s line to add to the list of expected species!  Who knew?  My old habits of birding along the Pacific Coast make me think of Forster’s Terns as ordinary spring and summer birds, ho-hum.  Ebird knows best.

For the first time this year I saw Rough-winged Swallows,  flying over and under the Bellevue Road bridge over the South Yamhill River, west of Amity.

RWB SHOWY (2)That Savannah Sparrow (below) was up on an overhead power line which I have never seen before…and singing steadily, his buzzy little spring tune.

Dontcha love the clear air we have these days?  Jefferson looks down on the valley:IMG_8742 (2)

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
May 8, 2020
32 species

Canada Goose  X
Cinnamon Teal  X
Gadwall  4
Mallard  X
Ring-necked Duck  2
California Quail  X     heard from hill abcve parking lot with toilet building
Pied-billed Grebe  X
Mourning Dove  X
American Coot  X
Black-necked Stilt  6
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Forster’s Tern  1     seen flying over marsh south of Coville Road
American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
European Starling  X
American Robin  1
Lesser Goldfinch  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Yellow-headed Blackbird  8
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X

Muddy Valley Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 8, 2020
10 species

Mourning Dove  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Northern Flicker  X
Barn Swallow  X
European Starling  X
American Goldfinch  X
Song Sparrow  X
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Common Yellowthroat  1

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