Posted by: atowhee | February 24, 2021

SWANS & SWALLOWS

“I haven’t seen a crocus or a rosebud
Or a robin on the wing…
It might as well be spring.”

Actually, I have recently seen all three above-mentioned organisms. At Ankeny yesterday there were birds besides the snoozing Long-eared Owls. One field had 41 Tundra Swans. Eagle Marsh had a flock of feeding Tree Swallows. Multiple Bald Eagles of various ages. One Peregrine hurrying over Eagle Marsh. Perhaps, most5 fun was a very thirsty Red-breasted Sapsucker. All that sawdust can make one so parched.

LOCAL MAMMALS

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 23, 2021
38 species

Cackling Goose  500
Canada Goose  5
Tundra Swan  41
Northern Shoveler  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1
American Coot  X
Great Egret  14
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  9
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Long-eared Owl  4
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  6
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black Phoebe  1
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tree Swallow  30     at Eagle Marsh
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick’s Wren  4
European Starling  X
Western Bluebird  2
American Robin  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  10
Spotted Towhee  3
Red-winged Blackbird  300
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

Meanwhile, here’s a piece on competitive bird feeding in Britain.


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