Posted by: atowhee | September 30, 2020


It was our Wednesday Salem Audubon field trip. Masks, social distancing…and most the birds didn’t want to be too close to large bipedal predators anyway.
Some migrants still around, some gone, some arriving.
About: kettles of Turkey Vultures, one Green Heron.
Gone: no swallows, no Osprey, no swifts, no flycatchers.
Arriving: Lincoln’s Sparrows in a mowed field, very dark Song Sparrows from northern lattitudes. Also flock of robins likely from up north. Ruby-crowned Kinglet down from mountains.
Missing: all warblers, our fault, not theirs, I’m sure.
The Green Heron was on Duck Pond. Band-tail and lone raven were flyovers. The latter very high just as we were preparing to leave.

We were braving the outside world this morning, and we found ourselves a acting heronically, in spite of …


The four TVs roosting in a tree at mid-day? We could not figure out why they had eschewed the sunshine and the updrafts. Perhaps they had been migrating all morning and needed a noon break?

The turtle is a red-eared slider, also known as “dime store turtle” as it is present in western U.S. because people have released their pets into the wild. This one rose out of the water and climbed onto a log at Duck Pond. This slider species competes successfully with our two, smaller native turtle species in the Willamette Valley. Click here for more on this invasive.

Minto-Brown Island Park, Marion, Oregon, US
Sep 30, 2020
27 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Band-tailed Pigeon  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  24
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Steller’s Jay  6
California Scrub-Jay  10
American Crow  20
Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Brown Creeper  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  30
Cedar Waxwing  12
Lesser Goldfinch  15
Song Sparrow  20
Lincoln’s Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  6

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