Posted by: atowhee | January 19, 2023


The amount of open space at Mill Creek Industrial Park has shrunk this winter. A new, gigantic monstrosity has been erected at the east end of the area. Just north of a prison. At the west end road construction is underway. There is plenty of water now at Mill Creek but few waterbirds. I saw one coot and three ducks. Lotsa sparrow action, however.

Couple garden birds:

Here is time chart of sensing of this individual, first given a transmitter near Vancouver, BC, last fall:

This chart is based on international time. So for Pacific Daylight Time subtract seven hours, e.g. 1 on Jan 18, is actually 6PM here in Oregon. 16 on Jan. 14 is actually 11AM here in Oregon.

Grizzlies in Montana–bird flu germs. Click here.

The name “Greenland” was once sarcastic and ironic, but it may soon be true. Click here.

Mill Creek Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 19, 2023
21 species

Northern Shoveler  2
Mallard  1
Mourning Dove  6
American Coot  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Kestrel  2
California Scrub-Jay  1
Marsh Wren  1
European Starling  3
American Robin  10
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln’s Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  2
Western Meadowlark  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 19, 2023
22 species

Wild Turkey  21
Mourning Dove  12
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  2
Varied Thrush  1
American Robin  1
House Finch  1
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  30
Dark-eyed Junco  25
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

Sarus Cranes, from our India correspondent:

Lee French’s trailcam captures movements of a fisher in Ashland.


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