Posted by: atowhee | November 11, 2020


This was my final Salem Audubon field trip of the year. We saw over forty species in 2 and one-half hours. It began foggy but then the sun came through for us and the birds. Unexpected sighting: two Tree Swallows feeding over Eagle Marsh at 915AM.

Green-winged Teal were the most numerous ducks in the marshes we could see. The Red-shouldered Hawk was screaming and I tried to convince us it was an accipiter, but the hawk made himself visible, and photographable. How I could I imagine an accipiter would be calling in November? Duh.

We started to make one other mistake–turning a bathing sparrow into a Lincoln’s..and after much feedback from OBOL turns out it was, in fact, a Lincoln’s. Though both Savannah and Swamp were suggested. Bathing in its own private mud puddle in the lane to the Rail Trail. Best birding spot was right there: a fruited crabapple next to a chokecherry. In that spot along the lane we saw over a dozen species while we just stood around–from harrier and heron to five sparrows species and two young Purple Finches.


Veterans’ Day, national holiday, the national bird:

Why don’t we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don’t we do it in the road?
–Lennon & McCartney

Well, we were watching but our little Swamp Sparrow didn’t mind an audience. We tried to convince ourselves it as a Lincoln’s–plumage all wrong:

We casually, temporarily re-named Pintail March–today it was “Teal Marsh”.

Speaking of pintails…these two I dubbed “pin-pals”.

RAPTORS: Merlin, Kestrel, Red-shoulder, pair of Red-tails:

My favorite shot of the day: heron blocking the road. The car drive actually gave up and went away:

Crabapple tree was a big draw and nobody seemed crabby:

Normally this bird would be considered a woodpecker, but we have absolute proof that today this bird was a crabpecker.

NOT MANY MAMMALS–quick glimpse of a chipmunk climbing tree after crabapples, and some nutria. Note this first image–didn’t Monet paint those haystacks over a century ago?

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 11, 2020
Checklist Comments:     final Salem Audubon field trip of 2020
45 species

Cackling Goose  1500
Canada Goose  30
Tundra Swan  26
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  400
Ring-necked Duck  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
California Quail  15
Pied-billed Grebe  1
American Coot  X
Long-billed Dowitcher  30
Wilson’s Snipe  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  18
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  7
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  4
Merlin  1
Black Phoebe  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tree Swallow  2     over Eagle Marsh!
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  10
Purple Finch  2
Fox Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow  8
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Spotted Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X

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