Posted by: atowhee | April 1, 2016

APRIL–NO FOOLIN’

Birded the Yamhill Sewer Ponds this morning:

CAMAS (1280x960)The camas lily once fed Native Americans across the plant’s range, and helped Lewis & Clark get through their first winter in the Rockies.  These are some of the first camas blossoms I’ve seen this spring.

Below: lone Greater Yellowlegs.  In the background is either a mummified or artificial Canada Goose.GR YELL (1280x960)Some of the oak wood toppled during winter wind storms. oak woodFrst Savanna Sparrow I’ve seen at the ponds this spring: SAV SPRO (1280x960)Gloss, glow and iridescence…Tree Swallows. TRSW ON WIRE1 (1280x960) TRSW PAIRD (1280x960) TS-GLOSS1 TS-GLOSS2 TS-GLOSS3 TS-GLOSS4Wood Duck male. WOODY MALE

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

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  15
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  150
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  80
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  40
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1     in grass along the edge of the sewer ponds
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1     male
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2     pair
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  60
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  40
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  2

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