Posted by: atowhee | November 18, 2012

WINGS OVER WILLAMETTE

I had to drive to Corvallis and back today. So I got to do a little roadside birding going and coming. There are many Cackling Geese moving about in flocks over the flat fields of the Willamette Valley. I saw Cackling Geese at Finley NWR south of Corvallis, over OR 99W in Benton and Lane Counties and a field (along 99W) with at least 5000 Cacklers between Junction City and Monroe, Oregon.

Some farmers have interesting ways to keep the geese from grazing their fields, like this faux-yote.

There was a Bald Eagle on the South Umpqua at Mytle Creek and a Barn Owl in the late afternoon glooming along I-5 south of Cottage Grove.

William L. Finley NWR, Benton, OR. Nov 18, 2012 1:20 PM. 16 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 30
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 120
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 180
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 40
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 60
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 25
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 15.

DOUGLAS COUNTY I-5, Douglas, OR. Nov 18, 2012 8:45 AM. 11 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X

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