Posted by: atowhee | August 7, 2015

YAMHILL PHALAROPES

PEEPS ROW (1280x960)The peeps at Yamhill (town) sewer ponds were far away. PEEPS1` (1280x960)But a pair of Red-necked Phalarope were nearshore and too hot or tired to move away.  Access to the the ponds is visual only as the entire quartet or pools is behind a security fence. RNPH (1280x960) RNPH-CUCulinary note: at the far end of the trail where it parallels the security fence the blackberries are abundant and perfect right now.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US

My thanks to local birder Paul Sullivan for the hint that this is a worthwhile place for shorebirds.  My checklist is only the fifth one for the spot on eBird and the only one from a summertime visit…so far.  So I added five new species to the location’s eBird list, including the Coop and the heron.
Aug 7, 2015 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM.  11 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  9
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  6
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  3
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)  1
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  20
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  30

At Rotary Park this week I finally got a bullfrog to pose for a photo: P2510004 (1280x960)

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