Posted by: atowhee | January 7, 2021


Fairview Wetlands, Salem–Black Phoebe perched; three of the dozens of shovelers wintering there.

Early in this century Birds of Oregon described the Black Phoebe as established in southwest Oregon and expanding its range northward. More than a decade later this species is now regular if uncommon here in the Willamette Valley. It and its cousin, the Say’s, are our only regularly over-wintering flycatchers this far north.

Another recent arrival at the wetlands is this lone Ruddy:

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 7, 2021
14 species

Northern Shoveler  60
Gadwall  1
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  75
Bufflehead  5
Ruddy Duck  1
American Coot  8
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black Phoebe  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 7, 2021
12 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Bushtit  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
Pine Siskin  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Spotted Towhee  1

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