Posted by: atowhee | November 16, 2020


The dog and I checked out a trio of southeast Salem waters at mid-day. Lots of ducks at Fairview Wetland, not much at Walling Lake and gulls galore at Cascades Gateway. Gateway had five species of gull. Fairview had over a dozen snipe and a full complement of dabblers. That complement compliments the deeper waters nicely. As did my first diving ducks of the season there–three female and one male Bufflehead paddling proudly atop open water. Much of the cockleburr stand is now submerged with only islands of dormant wisteria above the surface.


Later I saw single bird in the air. They have that pell-mell, zig-zag flight. I have seen peregrine repeatedly miss snipe in flight, too unpredictable.


Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 16, 2020
18 species

Cackling Goose  2     in wetlands; small flocks flew overhead
Canada Goose  34
Cinnamon Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  6
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  60
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  30
Bufflehead  4     frst divers I’ve seen here this season; water much deeper than it was last week
American Coot  2
Wilson’s Snipe  16
Northern Flicker  1
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Spotted Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  35

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: