Posted by: atowhee | October 26, 2020

A WALK BY THE SLOUGH

Late this morning the dog and I took a chilly walk down the trail/road between Willamette Slough and the railroad tracks. Wed started at the south end and didn’t get too far–the birds kept interrupting our movement. It was our birdiest morning at Minto-Brown.

Multiple Fox Sparrows were good to see. A Pacific Wren moving sideways along a tree trunk. In the cottonwood bottoms along the slough there were Steller’s Jays, even though there were no conifers to be seen nearby.* I suspect it is just too dark in those woods to suit scrub-jays. As soon as we left the woods and were in open area: shrubs and scrubs.

The Purple Finches and a chipmunk were feeding along the edge of the entry parking lot.

*Here is what Cornell’s website says about Steller’s, matching my own preconception of their habitat and habits: “Habitat
Look for Steller’s Jays in evergreen forests of western North America, at elevations of 3,000-10,000 feet (lower along the Pacific coast). They’re familiar birds of campgrounds, picnic areas, parks, and backyards.”
It could also be that there is good food right now in that dense cottonwood forest, certainly there were numerous robins and more than one flicker–all busily feeding. Perhaps the Steller’s had just cone in from some nearby Doug-fir forest where they roost and nest.

Minto-Brown Island Park, Marion, Oregon, US
Oct 26, 2020
19 species

Cackling Goose  X
Mallard  9
Bufflehead  1–along on Duck Pond
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Steller’s Jay  6
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Pacific Wren  1
American Robin  30
House Finch  3
Purple Finch  3
Fox Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Song Sparrow  14


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