Posted by: atowhee | December 14, 2022

COUNT WEEK: LAKE AT DAWN, THRUSH IN THE AFTERNOON

Interested in leucistic birds? Click here for my piece on “Salem Reporter” about them.

I checked out Turner Lake early today–nothing surprising, lots of diving waterfowl, mergansers to coots. Then this afternoon a Varied Thrush showed up in our garden. I’d heard one nearby a couple days back, but this guy was real and corporeal. He was my first VATH sighting of the season, and he was eating sunflower chips. He ignored the nearby turkeys, likely he’s seen their ilk before this. Here’s our bright male…

SALEM CBC AREA #1, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 14, 2022 7:50 AM – 8:20 AM
Turner Lake & vicinity
13 species

American Wigeon  3
Ring-necked Duck  1
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  11
Ruddy Duck  28
Pied-billed Grebe  14
American Coot  50
Bald Eagle  1
American Crow  3
European Starling  12
House Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50

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