Posted by: atowhee | March 16, 2021


The Long-eared Owls persist at Ankeny but their admirers have tapered off. In nearly two hours we saw only four other birders, barley out-numbering the three visible LE Owls. I was there with photographer Dan Elster who drove up from Ashland for his first LEO images–click here to see his alluring online gallery

The small flock of wintering owls have now been at Ankeny for at least forty days…and nights. Here are three year-round Ankenians:

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Mar 16, 2021
34 species

Cackling Goose  1000
Canada Goose  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  150
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  80
Ring-necked Duck  X
Bufflehead  X
Hooded Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  X
American Coot  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Long-eared Owl  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
American Kestrel  2
Black Phoebe  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tree Swallow  30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Bewick’s Wren  3
European Starling  X
American Robin  40
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  6
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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