Posted by: atowhee | April 21, 2022

STILL LOTS OF WATERFOWL AT BASKETT SLOUGH

Among the thousands of Cackling Geese in the grassy fields there were a handful of Greater White-front Geese. I would estimate less than 1% of the total goose count this morning were GWG.

There were at least five eagles–four were first year birds. One spent much time flying in tandem with the lone adult bird–parent and child?

Few shorebirds seen–some Least Sandpipers, pair of Dunlin in breeding plumage (black bellies) and Killdeer.

Horned Larks on Livermore Road in the usual spot.

Among the swallows circling the pools were many Cliffies–the first I’ve seen this year.

The pictures:

Two young eagles…small fraction of one goose flock…sparrows used to being fed at the Morgan Lake Trail parking lot on Smithfield Road.

AVIAN FLU
Click here for report on how widely spread the current avian virus is…raptors hard hit in Midwest. This disease has been confirmed in Idaho..not yet in Oregon.

Apr 21, 2022 8:50 AM – 12:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
41 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  X
Cackling Goose  5000
Canada Goose  X
Cinnamon Teal  6
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Ring-necked Duck  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Mourning Dove  X
American Coot  X
Killdeer  1
Dunlin  2
Least Sandpiper  10
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Kestrel  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  X
Violet-green Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Cliff Swallow  X
Marsh Wren  X
European Starling  X
Lesser Goldfinch  3
Golden-crowned Sparrow  20
Savannah Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  10
Spotted Towhee  1
Western Meadowlark  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X


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