Posted by: atowhee | April 28, 2023


At Ankeny NWR this morning I saw five shorebird species. The surprising one was first spotted by a visiting birder from Bend. What is that bird running around with the white on its head? I found it in the scope…wow, a Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage! The Brits call ’em “Grey Plover,” because that’s how they look when drop down below the Arctic in autumn, and they only get bold breeding plumage just before they get back up to the Arctic.

Photo and range map couirtesy of Cornell Ornithology Lab. Click here for their species overview.

There were seven Snow Geese among a flock of thousands of Cacklers. Other migrants included dowitcher, yellowlegs and some lingering ducks. A recently returned Swainson’s Thrush was calling from a marshy thicket. I saw my first dragonfly of the year at Ankeny.

In numerous places I saw chokecherries in full bloom, and the camas lilies are beginning their spring show as well.

Momma Mallard and her ducklings stopped traffic in downtown Salem–click here.

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 28, 2023
29 species

Snow Goose  7
Cackling Goose  3000
Canada Goose  X
Cinnamon Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  50
American Wigeon  30
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  40
Bufflehead  2
Mourning Dove  1
Black-bellied Plover  1
Killdeer  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  4
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  12

Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  6
Barn Swallow  4
European Starling  X
Swainson’s Thrush  1
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20


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