Posted by: atowhee | February 10, 2023


At Fairview Wetlands this afternoon there was an eight-inch long infant nutria, momma Mallard working on her nest platform, and some blue sky amidst puffy white clouds.

Cultural differences made plain–teal get hunted all along their migration route, a tall predator is dangerous so off they go. These Mallards likely live here in Salem–big, slow mammal, ho hum.

I could not discern what that coot was swallowing. Below, fresh beaver work. Woods chips around the base of this doomed tree:

Cacklers flew in. Did they land there because of the single traffic cone, or in spite of it?

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 10, 2023
15 species

Cackling Goose  300
Northern Shoveler  30
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  40
Green-winged Teal  60
Ring-necked Duck  7
Bufflehead  2
American Coot  20
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Kestrel  1
California Scrub-Jay  3
American Crow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

How smart those cockatoos? Likely smarter than some members of Congress–click here.


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