Posted by: atowhee | October 14, 2016

EAGLE EYED

An adult Bald Eagle flew into a tree on the south edge of the Yamhill town sewer ponds this afternoon.  That sent all the ducks into an aerial swirl. The geese stood their ground though the smaller White-fronted blended themselves among the larger nonchalant flock of local Canada Geese. The lone grebe didn’t flinch.  I suspect they are such quick and strong divers that an eagle seen is an eagle that can be out-maneuvered.  Later a Red-tail soared past whistling loudly to show his disapproval of the eagle’s presence.

The waxwings had mostly gathered in the hawthorns where the fruit is still plentiful.  There was also a single crabapple along the creek still hung with fruit the size of a cherry.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 14, 2016 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM. 16 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  4
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  33
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  60
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  25
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1

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