Posted by: atowhee | January 9, 2021

CHILLY SATURDAY

Two irregulars in our garden today–first House Finch of the year here…and a White-breasted Nuthatch, not a usual visitor. The crows swooped into the gum tree and drove off the Coop about 330PM. Perhaps, that’s our treaty. I give them peanuts, they vanquish the Coop, saving the finches and sparrows and starlings and flicker.

Female flicker. Is that a possible nest hole beneath the roof of our neighbor’s garage?

At Fairview Wetlands this afternoon there was a flock of Ring-necked Ducks, most I’ve seen there. Saw the sleepy Cinnamon Teal again, head tucked beneath wing, balance on a log in the marsh. No red-wings again today. Perhaps they have gotten bored with the dead-looking cattail leaves.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 9, 2021
12 species

Cooper’s Hawk  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bushtit  25
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  X
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  75
Lesser Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  30

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 9, 2021
16 species

Cackling Goose  60     1 in marsh, the rest were fly-overs
Cinnamon Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  50
Gadwall  2
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  80
Ring-necked Duck  6
Bufflehead  10
American Coot  12
Glaucous-winged Gull  2     fly overs
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Northern Flicker  3     at far north edge of the wetlands
American Crow  X
American Robin  6
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1


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