Posted by: atowhee | December 16, 2022


Today: scouting at Gateway Park and Blue Gill Lake. Bluebirds were a dash of color at the Gateway Park dog run. I did badly with the bluebirds but did at least grab some of their brightness:

Back row: left to right, two snoozing Ruddy Ducks, cormorant, departing Lesser Scaup male. Front row: two adult Ring-billed Gulls.

Click here for brief look at Christmas Bird Count and how it works.

SALEM CBC AREA #1, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 16, 2022
28 species (+2 other taxa)

Cackling Goose  2
Canada Goose  22
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  32
Mallard  75
Mallard (Domestic type)  6
Ring-necked Duck  7
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  45
Hooded Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  70
Pied-billed Grebe  4
American Coot  120
Killdeer  3
Ring-billed Gull  34
California Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  4
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Kestrel  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
European Starling  8
Western Bluebird  4
American Robin  32
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Brewer’s Blackbird  25

A quick video from the Jackson County Cascades–courtesy of Lee French…a you-know-what, and a head-turner:

Two trumpeters Tim Stuart photographed recently at Finley NWR. Sorry they have trump in their name. Click on image for full screen view.

No water. Too much water. Click here for gallery that reveals both experiences.


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