Posted by: atowhee | December 11, 2020

DRIZZLY DUCK DAY

Everybody was busy feeding around noon today at Fairview Wetlands. The nutria were hiding from the raindrops but the ducks and sparrows were all busy eating. The ducks looked as sleek as ever–waterproof is in their genes. The damp sparrows looked miserable but determined. They surely sensed that a cold wet night was coming and the energy from seeds and any insects they might find would be life-preserving. I felt most sorry for the lone kinglet–insectivores get my sympathy on such a day as this. How many spider eggs can there be out there? They can, of course, turn to plant foods for survival. Black Phoebes, woodpeckers, chickadees and other “predators” can turn vegan to survive.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 11, 2020. raining
15 species

Northern Shoveler  30
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  50
Ring-necked Duck  4
Bufflehead  2
American Coot  8
Northern Flicker  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Goldfinch  4
White-crowned Sparrow  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  50


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