Posted by: atowhee | March 7, 2021


Nora and I walked the Fairview Wetlands late this afternoon–and had two firsts for the year. A single, but first, Violet-green Swallow in the air. Then we saw our first brooding Canada Goose of the year. Rather, I saw the goose…Nora’s doggy eyes aren’t much good any more and she uses her nose. I cannot vouch that she smelled the presence of goose eggs being warmed.

Once again the snipe were all in the north marsh next to Jordan Crossing.

Three of the snipe at far end of the north marsh, speeding away from me/

Other fair views of Fairviewians:

It did surprise to see the pair of towhees feeding right next to the street…but on weekends the traffic is minimum. The other unusual sight: the whole Bushtit flock moving from one spirea bush to the next, all out in the marsh surrounded by standing water, ducks and coots.

Like the one tasking off, all the yellow-rumps were myrtle warblers.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Mar 7, 2021
22 species

Canada Goose  1     female sitting on eggs in nest basket at east end of marsh
Northern Shoveler  40
Gadwall  8
Mallard  30
Northern Pintail  10
Green-winged Teal  50
Ring-necked Duck  2
Bufflehead  9
Mourning Dove  2
American Coot  25
Wilson’s Snipe  8
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Crow  3
Violet-green Swallow  1     first sighting of the year for me
Bushtit  20
European Starling  5
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  10
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8

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