Posted by: atowhee | November 15, 2016

FULICARIUS=COOT-LIKE TOES

There were two Red Pharalope [Phalaropus fulicarius] twirling around in the water at the Carlton Sewer Ponds this morning.  They were along the rock embankment in the southeast corner of the westernmost pond.  It was nice not to have to be thirty miles out to sea to see…not expecting them to stick around long before they head back to the Pacific.rph-togethrrh-pair2rph-paird-2Red Phalarope are the medium-sized member of their triumvirate, larger than Red-necked and smaller than Wilson’s, the only one of the three phalaropians to breed in Oregon.  Red breed mostly above the Arctic Circle.  The Brits used to call these “Grey Phalarope” because that’s how they appear when they arrive in British waters.

Carlton Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 15, 2016 10:05 AM – 10:15 AM.  4 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  16
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  20
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  14
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)  2     blown in by overnight storm

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