Posted by: atowhee | October 10, 2015

DUCKING THE STORM

In between the welcomed rain squalls this morning, I checked out Yamhill sewer ponds…first Lesser Scaup of the season for me.  One pair.LSCAU--YMHL (1280x960)The little duck to the right of male scaup is Green-winged Teal.

Not many wildflowers left: dandelions, Queen Anne’s lace, aster, and plenty of chicory in disturbed areas along roads.   What a tough plant.  When undisturbed it will grow three or longer stems with sturdy pale blue flowers.  When repeatedly mowed it perseveres and stubbornly puts out flowers just three inches off the ground.

We heard a Barred Owl outside our house a cou0le nights ago, and with the scaup my Yamhill lifelist (staring July 15) is at 104.  hoping for 120 by year’s end.  Need a little cooperation from Merlin, Hermit Thrush, Pine Siskin and other winter wanderers.  Still missing Green Heron!  Maybe next spring.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 10, 2015 10:50 AM – 11:20 AM.  11 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  150
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  2     A COUNTY LIFER, AND FIRST I’VE SEEN THIS SEASON
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1     pursued by Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  8     all spaarrows in wood pile near parkng lot
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  12

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