Posted by: atowhee | July 12, 2016

SHOREBIRD SEASON BEGINS

I saw my first migrating shorebirds of the season today, a pair of Least Sandpipers picking tidbits out of the scum along the edge of one of the Yamhill city sewer ponds.LESA1 lesa2These Leasts are adult birds.  The juveniles are still back on the breeding territory which only extends as far south as southern Alaska and the Yukon Territory. lesa3I tried to pish out a Song Sparrow and got this officious female Anna’s Hyummingbird instead.  I had just been watching her buzzing around with her two new fledglings in the willows at Wennerberg Park.anhu fml anhummBronw Creeper, Yamhill Sewer Ponds: BC ON OAK BC ON OAK2 BC ON OAK3 BC ON OAK4 BC ON OAKI3 Bewick’s Wren, Yamhill S.P. BEWR CU BEWR IN YAM BEWR IN YAM2 BEWR IN YAM3The end: BEWR BACKCanada Goose family, kids in the middle. CAGO FAMILYHooded Mergansers in foreground: HOME ON PNDRed-tail in field along Baker Creek Road: RTHA IN FIELDMINT mo glo P2740597 teasel

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 12, 2016 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM.  19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  2     my first migrant shorebirds of the season
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  4

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