Posted by: atowhee | November 9, 2020


This morning the dog and I went back to Fairview Wetlands. Along with two other local birders we saw two species there for the first time. One female harrier who cruised over the marsh and terrified all the red-wings up into a swirling flock. And a circling funnel of small finches–about fifty siskins in tight formation dropping from the sky onto perches in the marsh. They stayed a few seconds and then went on.

That wad good enough. Then this afternoon as small snow flakes fell on our garden a Townsend’s Warbler came to our suet block. I had always assumed a yellow-rump would be the first cold day warbler here.

At Fairview, once again a female Cinnamon Teal was asleep on the duck log:

The other birds are Geeend-winged Teal (small), Mallard (medium), Canada Goose (large).

There was a red-tail at either end of the marsh. To the right of the one on the light pole the harrier soared off. Then there is image of the shaken red-wings after the harrier had cruised over their end of the marsh.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 9, 2020
14 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
European Starling  X
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  20
American Goldfinch  15
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Spotted Towhee  1
Townsend’s Warbler  1

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 9, 2020
17 species

Canada Goose  X
Cinnamon Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  25
Mallard  20
Green-winged Teal  30
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
European Starling  X
Pine Siskin  50
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  40

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