Posted by: atowhee | January 10, 2017

SOUTH YAMHILL AND THE DEMONSTRATIVE BUTEO

Trying to beat the next rain/snow storm the dog and I headed out this morning into the sulking fog and cold dampness.  The annual winter convention of gulls was gathered at the Riverbend Landfill south of McM…and across the road where gull manure will fertilize next year’s crop.  From trash to humus [please, not hummus] in just a few short hours.  (Do you imagine our next Pres can sort hummus from humus?)  Most of the gulls were of the Glaucous-winged variety and there were probably many of some hybrid varieties, what Puget Sound birders call “Olympic Gulls.”gll-1gll-2gll-3

The Sheridan Sewer Ponds were largely frozen so the duck population was greatly reduced, but dense enough to attract a trip of Bald Eagles sitting together in trees at north end of South Side Park.bff-maleegles-tresMale Lesser Scaup, that jaunty little angle at the back of his crown is a crucial field mark. That exact field mark helped me find a Lesser Scaup on a loch in northern Scotland and it turned out to be a first record for that county.  The normally get only Greater Scaup with the round head.l-s-malesher-pnds-froz

Best birding came when a whim seized me to check out Delashmutt Road (which had no previous eBird designation!). I’ve seen Paul Sullivan’s posts from there. Almost immediately a Peregrine flew into a bare oak at the intersection with Hwy 18. A couple miles south there was this buteo up in a treetop, another Red-tail was the impulse…but I stopped…and the bird said “Look me over, bud.”  The tail was not right for Red-tail and then the buteo soared slowly over the car and into a tree with its back to me…look closer, dummy, he seemed to say.per-coldper-cold3rlh-backrlh-back2rlh-tail2rlh-tail3

Hwy 18, South Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 10, 2017.  11 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  4
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  40; California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1000     near Riverbend landfill
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Sheridan South Side Park and Fishing Pond, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 10, 2017 10:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Comments:     upper pond partially open water, lower pond frozen solid
20 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  3
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  4
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  6
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  3
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  4
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X

Sheridan WTP Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 10, 2017 10:50.  Comments:     much of the water surface is frozen over; dense gathering of ducks around inflow pipe in southwest corner of southern pond
7species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Coot

Delashmutt Lane SW, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 10, 2017 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM.  9 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  1     about 2 miles south of Hwy 18
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  50
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1     right near intersection with Hwy 18
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X

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