Posted by: atowhee | January 3, 2021


When the dog and I were at Fairview Wetlands this morning there was no rain. The pushy sun managed to dominate the sky for several minutes before the clouds reasserted their tribal rights and grayed out the blue. The marsh sounded different than usual. I did not see or hear a single red-wing, nor any goose noise. One crow cawed from across the road twice. Three times the dog and I set off a chorus frog and got buzzed at. The only persistent sound was the gabble of Green-winged Teal, that high-pitched twittery sound that one might imagine at a cartoon version of gossipy gathering of old school mates. As there was no danger and the far back on the south side of the marsh I imagined they were discussing the algae and weeds on the menu.

There were two new species for me at this location. In the previous three months of visits I had not yet seen either Black Phoebe or Ruddy Duck–today’s was a female. The marsh water cannot be that deep so dabblers far out-number divers but there were three such species today including the ever-present Bufflehead (I expect them to stay until April) and a male Hooded Merganser.

In our garden today the siskins were back in numbers and no Coop to be seen. Only a single junco as the rest of the flock may have departed for a Coop-less situation. Our heather is in full bloom. I found single blue blossom on the vinca ground cover, and one of the bold violets that are showing up around the borders of the rose beds.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 3, 2021
16 species

Canada Goose  4
Northern Shoveler  60
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  100
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  1
American Coot  X
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black Phoebe 1
Northern Flicker  2
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
European Starling  X
Robin  2
Song Sparrow  2

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