Posted by: atowhee | January 22, 2023


The warblers were after suet today. So were the Bushtits and the flicker (as always). I have seen each of them go for sunflower chips but likely on warmer days. Fat=heat. Varied Thrush. Myrtle Warbler after suet chunks fallen from, feeder.

I have been enjoying a book on collective nouns for birds. So I can report that in a quarry lake off McGilchrist there was a small swim of cormorants. In the large lake at Gateway Park a commotion of coots. On wires next to the airport was a large dole of doves (Rock Pigeon, to you). In every water I visited there was a paddling of ducks. However, the lake south of Kelly’s had few. On the Christmas Count over a month ago there were hundreds of birds…not today. Gateway did have a sord of Mallards.

A real Mallard:

Maybe collect feathers for some DNA testing?

Cormorant gets into the swim:

Scaup before tiny fraction of a real commotion:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 22, 2023 7:30 AM
Protocol: Incidental
20 species

Mourning Dove  16
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bushtit  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  1
Varied Thrush  2
American Robin  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  30
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Townsend’s Warbler  1

SALEM CBC AREA #1, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 22, 2023
19 species (+2 other taxa)

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)  4
Cackling Goose  300
Canada Goose  25
Northern Shoveler  3
Gadwall  2
Mallard  40
Mallard (Domestic type)  12
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  14
Hooded Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  10
Mourning Dove  1
American Coot  50
Glaucous-winged Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Brewer’s Blackbird  1


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