Posted by: atowhee | January 27, 2022


BTW: events begin at the Ankeny Nature Center atop the hill on Saturday, February 5th. Click here for website and schedule of events.

There were Lincoln’s Sparrows rampant along the hedge that lines the east side of Buena Vista Road…that’s between Ankeny Hill Road on the north and Eagle Marsh on the south. I think this is the first winter day I have ever seen more Lincoln’s than Song Sparrows. In the sun they were almost bold, not the usual furtive near-glance then disappear critters I usually expect to nearly see.

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 27, 2022
35 species

Snow Goose  60     in fields east of Buena Vista Road, north of railroad
Cackling Goose  500
Canada Goose  4000     in fields east of Buena Vista Road, north of railroad–mixed flock
Tundra Swan  44
Northern Shoveler  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Ring-necked Duck  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
American Coot  X
Killdeer  60
Dunlin  120
Wilson’s Snipe  25
Great Blue Heron  4
Northern Harrier  6
Bald Eagle  5
Red-tailed Hawk  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  5
California Scrub-Jay  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-crowned Sparrow  42
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  1
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X


  1. Lincoln sparrows are one of the prettiest.

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