Posted by: atowhee | November 26, 2016

FLOODED FIELDS

I drove from McMinnville to Summit and back today.  Most creeks are over their banks and water is splayed out across low-lying floodplains.  At Baskett Slough there are over a hundred acres of open water.  Those flooded lowlands make one great watery smorgasbord for the dabblers.  In north Polk County there was a Rough-legged Hawk along Hwy 99W, south of Bethel Road intersection.

Even in the more rugged terrain around Summit, lowlands were under water and ducks were on that water.

Hwy 99, Polk County, Polk, Oregon, US
Nov 26, 2016 11:00 AM.  13 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Baskett Slough NWR, Polk, Oregon, US
Nov 26, 2016 11:30 AM.  20 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  4
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
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  40
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X

Summit, Benton, Oregon, US
Nov 26, 2016 12:20 PM.  6 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2

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