Posted by: atowhee | January 13, 2017

HAGG LAKE–OPEN WATER

Despite recent cold, last night below 20 degrees, Henry Hagg Lake in southern Washington County is open water.  Plenty of waterbirds to be found. Side roads very icy so I had to park my dainty Prius along the main road.

EBird was surprised at the Western Grebes and I had to coax it to accept the two Barn Swallows…but after the Salem CBC I sorta expect the swallows to be hanging around open water on very cold days.

Some of the many mergansers cruising the lake:c-m-fleet2fml-comer

I was most interested in the small land birds feeding on the snow, and got a nice sequence of the usually secretive Hermit Thrush right out in plain view:h-t-on-rokIn cropping these shots I kept the lake visible in the near backround.  I now think of this guy as an honorary shorebird.h-t-on-rok2h-t-on-rok3h-t-on-rok4h-t-on-rok5h-t-on-rok6This Hermit Thrush was keeping his feet warm, hunting just off the edge of the snow:h-t-edge2

WORLD’S TINIEST SNOWBIRD?
This kingle3t’s ancestors must’ve been super during the last ice age, ’cause he’s got the moves.  Climbing icy slopes, leaping 8-inch crevasses in a single bound, finding balance and perches on iced surfaces…all the while finding something to eat. Behold the “snow king-let:”r-k-sno1r-k-sno2r-k-sno3r-k-sno-gor-k-sno-go2

Henry Hagg Lake Park–Eagle Point Recreation Area, Washington, Oregon, US
Jan 13, 2017 2:25 PM – 3:05 PM  Comments:     lake not frozen
23 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  120
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  200
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  1
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  200
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  40
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  30
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  14
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  8
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

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