Posted by: atowhee | January 20, 2022

SMITHFIELD OAKS–A FIRST VISIT

This morning a representative of the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District showed us around a property covers over 150 acres of mature oak woodland, grasslands, a small creek, some juvenile Doug-firs and land occupied by elk. There is hope we can begin offering occasioanl bird walks on this land northeast of Baskett Slough NWR. Most of the oak forest is on slopes and ridge tops. It was especially good to see the pair (definitely together as they coursed up the tree trunks and limbs) of Brown Creepers together on the large oaks. BTW–there did not seem tobe a single acorn left among the fallen oak leaves.

Smithfield Oaks–Polk SWCD, Polk, Oregon, US
Jan 20, 2022
Checklist Comments:     Includes entrance road off Smithfield–mature oaks, grasslands, pond, creek, young doug-firs
15 species

Cackling Goose  X
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  2
Ring-necked Duck  X
Killdeer  25
Bald Eagle  1
Northern Flicker  3
Steller’s Jay  3
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Brown Creeper  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Spotted Towhee  6


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