Posted by: atowhee | November 13, 2015

GULL AND MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE APPEAR AFTER RAIN

It was mostly rainy while I was at Yamhill city sewer ponds in late morning.  But as soon as it stopped briefly the bird action picked.  A first year Glaucous-winged Gull headed over, going south.  Then I found a mixed flock of small gleaners, including one Mountain Chickadee.  The flock was silent except for the little honks from a lone White-breasted Nuthatch working the oaks and ash.  They were feeding above Yamhill Creek which flows south and joins the North Fork of the Yamhill River.  “Flows” may be too strong a word, seeps through logs and leaves is closer to the present condition along the stream in its nearly flat floodplain.

There were a few croaks from unseen frogs, a couple along the creek.  Others were on the margins of the vernal pools that have appeared with the last few weeks of rain.  Queen Anne’s lace persists with its blooms.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 13, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM.  13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  5
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  120
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  30
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  20
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1     fly over
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)  1     in with Black-capped
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1

RC Kinglet 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1

The gull AND Mtn. Chickadee were new county birds for me, giving me a 115 total on my Yamhill lifelist, all since we moved here four months ago.  Still need that scoter down at Sheridan.

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