Posted by: atowhee | August 31, 2020


Almost no water along Coville Road.  Best birding was around the Morgan Lake Trail parking lot.  Otherwise you have one more daymonth to walk the trails there to get near water.  Most trails into marshlands close October 1.sign (2)

Four of us birded the refuge today and never got near water in our two and half hours there.  Big flock of Turkey Vultures in newly mowed pasture.

tv-bs6 (2)Below you will find image of young Cooper’s Hawk on roadside utility pole crossbar…this is a juvenile bird not clear on the concept of accipiterness.  Sure, a kestrel can sit in the open and hunt, expecting to be able to fly faster than most of its prey can fly or run.  Not so, you, young Coop.  Your strength needs to be stealth and the come-from-behind sprint.  This bird will learn such, or perish.  The Coop kept ahead of along a stretch of open road with only occasional shrubs or small trees and exposed poles for perching.  Get thee, to a thicket, kiddo.

Swallow flocks overhead.  Goldfinches abundant and busy among the seeding weeds and  grasses.

Bill Tice informs me that our Lark Sparrow is only the third Polk County record.  This young bird was among the goldfinches feeding in the ripe seed-bearing plants along the dirt road south from the Coville Road elbow.  That elbow is the one due south of the NWR parking lot with the toilet building.  This bird was east of that dirt road in the tallest stalks between road and what would be marsh if there were water.

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Aug 31, 2020
30 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
California Quail  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Least Sandpiper  X
Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  50
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  3
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Marsh Wren  1
European Starling  X
House Finch  6
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  100
Lark Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Spotted Towhee  4
Western Meadowlark  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Yellowthroat  1

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