Posted by: atowhee | October 19, 2016

FINLEY & ANKENY

Today I birded with three birders who bought a day in the field at the Eugene Symphony’s fund-raising auction last winter.  We spent our morning at William Finley NWR, the after lunch we made a quick tour of Ankeny NWR.

Highlights: White-tailed Kite south of the platform at Finley’s Prairie Overlook.  Merlin and Eurasian Wigeon seen from blind (hide) at McFadden Marsh, Finley NWR. Thousand of geese in the air and then landing at McFadden Marsh. Eagle send-up of ducks and geese from marsh west of railroad along Wintel Road.  Also there were snipe, Horned Larks and pipits in the furrowed field nearest the road.

Best non-birds of the day:elk-fog1elk-fog2

William L. Finley NWR, Benton, Oregon, US
Oct 19, 2016 7:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Comments:     no rain, heavy fog before 10AM
40 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  3000
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)  1     seen from McFadden MArsh blind/hide
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
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  4
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)  1     at Prairie Overlook in burned area south of overlook platform
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  3
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  10
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1     seen from McFadden Marsh blind/hide

Black Phoebe at headquarters pond
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  60
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  10

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
Oct 19, 2016 1:05 PM – 2:25 PM.  22 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  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
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  6
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

Wheatland Ferry, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 19, 2016 3:10 PM.  2 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1

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