Posted by: atowhee | March 1, 2022

SPRING ON THE WING

At Ankeny NWR today, a flock of Tree Swallows over Eagle Marsh. Firsts of the year: a soaring Turkey Vulture….and a pair of Band-tailed Pigeons, both first spotted by my sharp-eyed wife.

Still some Snow Geese at west end of refuge. Saw no swans. Bluebirds were sitting on the sign along the drive up to the nature center. The Merlin flew over the center, at its usual high speed.

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Mar 1, 2022
32 species

Snow Goose  70     in field south of Nature Center
Cackling Goose  1500
Canada Goose  4
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Band-tailed Pigeon  2     first of year
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
American Coot  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1     first of year
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  7
American Kestrel  5
Merlin  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  10
European Starling  X
Western Bluebird  8
American Robin  X
White-crowned Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1


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