Posted by: atowhee | April 26, 2021

KEEPING UP WITH DAILY CHANGES

CORRECTION: MY ALLEGED LESSER YEL IS ACTUALLY A SOLITARY SANDPIPER, A SCARCE MIGRANT HERE ABOUTS. I HAD SEEN A COUPLE AT DIFFERENT TIME MORE THAN A DECADE AGO IN BAY AREA, NEVER BEFORE IN OREGON. THANKS TO OBOLERS FOR THE CORRECTION!

This morning was our first 30-species dog walk at Fairview Wetlands. Gone are many winter ducks: no Gadwall nor pintail, only four shovelers instead of the daily dozens of a few weeks back. They have shoveled off to Buffalo? A Pied-billed Grebe was calling his spring yodel. Numerous Mallard ducklings were speeding around along with parental Canada Geese keeping their goslings in a tight armada formation. They have shoveled off to Buffalo? Swallows now out-number waterfowl. Four shorebird species, a high for me at this location. Saw my first cowbird at Fairview as well. Bad news for open cup nesters.

Part of the herd of Mallards:

Heard at least two bullfrogs, did not get a glimpse.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 26, 2021
30 species–the bold names for species new for my Marion County list this year

Canada Goose  X
Northern Shoveler  4
Mallard  20
Green-winged Teal  40
Ring-necked Duck  7
Bufflehead  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1     one calling
Mourning Dove  2
American Coot  15
Killdeer  4
Least Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  20
Violet-green Swallow  50
Barn Swallow  15
Bushtit  1     nesting season so lone Bushtits are now possible
European Starling  20
Swainson’s Thrush  1     got good looks, not a Hermit
American Robin  3
Song Sparrow  6
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Brown-headed Cowbird  1     first I’ve seen at this location, a female
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5     2 were myrtle warblers


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