Posted by: atowhee | January 6, 2017


My wife and I had to go to Salem today and I ended up birding along the way, and at Willamette Mission State Park.  The five Green-winged Teal were along the creek at the east end of Wolverine Street, in east Salem:img_2982McKay High School has a traditional sounding sports mascot, but I think they should be the KcKay Nutria…there were three of them having frozen salad on the school lawn this morning.nut-onenut-twoCacklers passing by:cacline-salmMost of the water looked like this with tiny patches of open water along the small stream by Wolverine Street.icce

Best part of the day is the winter blue over bare trees and solemn-looking conifers.wint-sky

Lafayette-Hopewell Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 6, 2017. 12 species
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  4
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  25
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  3

Wheatland Ferry, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 6, 2017.  5 species
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X

Wolverine Street riparian strip, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 6, 2017. 12 species
Comments:     protected creek and creekside habitat next to McKay High School
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  40     fly over
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  5
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  6
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  5
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  3

Willamette Mission SP, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 6, 2017.  7 species
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1


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