Posted by: atowhee | January 10, 2021


I happened on two other birders and we did the marsh together. Lots of birds–bird flock of robin/starling/flickers feeding on the ground. Red-wings back, ring-necks gone, no phoebe to be seen. Very good day for flushing Wilson’s Snipe. The Purple Finch flock was my first sighting of that species there–not surprising as I think of them normally associated with conifer groves, not alder and cattails. But all our finches are more or less nomadic in this season. Also saw chickadees there for the first time this year.

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

Cackling Goose  5
Canada Goose  14
Northern Shoveler  60
Gadwall  6
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  80
Bufflehead  8
American Coot  10
Wilson’s Snipe  8     all at east end of the marsh, east of transverse trail
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Northern Flicker  20
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
European Starling  X
American Robin  100
Purple Finch  14
Lesser Goldfinch  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  8
Lincoln’s Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  40

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