Posted by: atowhee | April 19, 2023


At Fairview Wetlands for half an hour late this afternoon I watched avian frenzy. Dozens of swallows feeding low above the water. Four species including northern rough-wing (my first first of the day). The other 3 species I’d already seen this year. At the edge of the full canal there was a Canada Goose family–mom, dad, six goslings (my second first of the day), first baby waterfowl I’ve seen this year. There were at least two other geese on eggs. Along the canal trail was a flock of yellow-rumps feeding –some of both throats, yellow and white. Among them a Wilson’s Warbler (my third first of the day) which I had not yet recorded for 2023.

When I stopped to photograph the family, Papa CAGO gave me a threatening look–don’t you try to come across our canal:

The red-wings were singing–definitely not a first.
Ther Madrona Osprey on the nest:

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 19, 2023
19 species

Canada Goose  12     including six goslings, first I’ve seen this year
Northern Shoveler  16
Mallard  8
Green-winged Teal  20
Ring-necked Duck  4
Bufflehead  4
American Coot  25
Killdeer  2
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  20
Violet-green Swallow  60
Barn Swallow  12
American Robin  4
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  14
Wilson’s Warbler  1

The Ankeny Motus Dunlin is now in B.C. Here is map from our techspert, Rich Schramm:

This is less than four days travel since it took off from near Yuba City.

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