Posted by: atowhee | December 25, 2015

ALL HAIL THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE

Ebenezer Scrouge, eat your heart out, we had thousands of Christmas geese and each one was alive.  In fact, we had a Baskett full of winter birds. CCKLRZ (1280x960)Pintail is one of those duck names that really suits: PIN-T2 (1280x960)

We had five eagles, across all four age brackets: 2 first year birds on the ground near carcass hogged (or eagled) by a third year bird, then a second year bird alone on a perch and this full adult eyeballing the thousands of ducks beneath his tree: BE IN TREE (1280x960)

Dunlins at dusk.  They were up every time a Harrier passed nearby.  And we have a hen Harrier to thank for our views of panicking snipe, in flight.  No pic of the bulleting snipe.DUN FLCK1 (1280x960) DUN FLCK2 (1280x960) DUN FLCK3 (1280x960)

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Dec 25, 2015 3:45 PM – 4:25 PM.  26 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  5
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  6
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  150
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  30
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1200
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

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