Posted by: atowhee | November 6, 2016

WINTER TRAIL MIX

The mix of birds we saw at Yamhill Sewer Ponds today is just what I;d expect along a winter birding trail hereabouts. Among the dozens of Cackling Geese was this one with an unsually narrow chin strap, next to a normal bird:cack-thinFurther looks at the Cack/Can Goose flock:cack-threecacksfloc1floc2Most of the Buffleheads were female.buf4buf-oneLoafing Shovelers.shuv3Shovelers coming in for landing:landinglanding2landing3Today the Robins were harvesting in the hawthorns, but plenty of winter food remains, like these bright rose hips:r-hipsThere is a single fruitful crabapple along the creek, with no evidence thatg Robin of jay have been at the apples…yet.crapplecrapple2

…HANGS A TAILnofl-undrYou can see the spikey ends of the Flicker’s tail feathers, stiff bristles that are good for bracing against a tree trunk or branch.tail-upp

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 6, 2016 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM. 22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  40
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  60
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  29
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  14
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  75
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  8
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  30
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  20

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