Posted by: atowhee | March 27, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, MORNING TO MATCH

The dogs and I beat the rain to Grand Island this morning, and the Ring-necked Ducks put on a show for the camera.  I got some of the best shots I’ve ever managed of this species.  I tried to stay behind the car and not frighten them.  They need their reserves for the long migration and nesting season.  For a short time they flew to the other end of the slough, then slowly paddled back as they decided I was nothing more than a statue:  RNd N AIR (1280x845) RND TAKE-OFF (1280x439)RND IN AIR3 (1280x287) RNd N AIR (1280x845)RND AFLOT (1280x909)I have never before noted such a pale eyering on the female Ring-neck…I can no longer pronounce the female Wood Duck be our only spectacled duck in the US.rnd-paird (1280x886)riparia trees (1280x960) One of our six yellow violet species found in this area…this one if Viola glabella. Viola glabella (1280x986)Willamette River looking full. will-rvr (1280x960)A large flock of Cackling Geese.  I thin k I saw them at two different locations a couple miles and a half hour apart.cack1 (1280x351) cack2 (1280x639) cack-later (1280x476)Great Blue Heron uses the stare. gbh-weedz (1222x1280)A thicket of henbit in bloom. henbit forest (1280x960)Female Kestrel. kest-gud (1280x1007)Osprey on nest platform. osplatform (1280x644)

Grand Island loop. 24 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  1500
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  25
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  8
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     calling at Greenway Access
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

Lafayette-Hopewell Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
7 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

Fairview Road, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
10 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  1500
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X

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