Posted by: atowhee | October 20, 2020


The ODFW offices on Fairview in southeast Salem, OR
Who better to fowl your lawn, and fertilize it?

Oregon Department of Fish and WATERFOWL. At least three hundred Alaskans–no social distancing, no masks besides the white chin strap, lots of exhalations though I would not say the sounds were exactly singing. A happy group of friends, dining together in close proximity, telling tales, reminiscing. “Did I tell you the one about the eagle? Flew into a noose, not a goose. Stupid eagles can’t spell…”

Across the street from ODFW is Fairview Wetlands. Two large mammals, one painting. One tiny songbird, Bushtit in bush.

There were over three dozen red-wings visible, including some females. Mallards and GW Teal were also present, the latter being good at hiding in the cockleburrs.

I saw two dragonflies at the wetlands today, nearing the end of their season. And my wife and I admires this fine bit of civil engineering on a walk near our home:

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Oct 20, 2020
12 species

Cackling Goose  300
Canada Goose  5
Mallard  30
Green-winged Teal  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  X
Bushtit  2
American Goldfinch  3
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1


  1. Howdy Harry!

    Have you got or read that new owl book, OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE?

    If you haven’t, I’ll mail you my copy once I finish it. It’s quite good: adventure, science, ice, oddballs, and owls in eastern Russia.



    • thanks, love to see it

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