Posted by: atowhee | October 16, 2021

BASKETT SLOUGH, AS THE FOG BURNS OFF

When McMinnville Parc & Rec birding class arrived at Baskett this morning, therer was limited visibiltiy and unlimited ground fog. By 11AM it was mostly blue skies and sunshine.
The south end of the refuge is still dry, enough water at Coville Road Narrows for Mallards in the pond. Period. Only other birds there were blackbirds and Black Phoebe. We had Horned Larks on their usual wintering fields along Livermore Road. The Linc Sparrow was at the trailhead parking lot on Coville. Harvesting starlings thick among the vineyards along Smithfield Road.

No Cacklers visible in any of the fields, didn’t find pipits. Did get songs from meadowlarks and a Bewick’s Wren.

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Oct 16, 2021
16 species

Mallard  30
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Kestrel  3
Black Phoebe  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  500
Dark-eyed Junco  25
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  10
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X

Livermore Rd., Polk, Oregon, US
Oct 16, 2021
14 species

Cackling Goose  X
Northern Harrier  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  3
California Scrub-Jay  2
Horned Lark  20
Bewick’s Wren 1–singing
European Starling  X
American Robin  100
Cedar Waxwing  30
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X
Red-winged Blackbird X


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