Posted by: atowhee | January 22, 2017

VALLEY BIRDS

We paid a visit to the Lakeview Road neighborhood southwest of Eugene Airport on Friday.  Many of those properties open onto the long, thin slough called Clear Lake.  This is my first checklist6 for the area.  Barbara Combs has submitted more than ten checklists from the lake but those did not show up when I looked for hotspots on eBird. Clear Lake–limited access, Lane, Oregon, US
Jan 20, 2017. 18 species (+1 other taxa)

Domestic goose sp.  50
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  10
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  200
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  17
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1–chasing Robins through the trees
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

These are first turkeys I’ve seen (outside of human politics) in a long time.  When we lived in Ashland they were garden birds.  In McMinnville I don’t seem them.trk-trottrk-trot2trks-aMy first January Turkey Vultures…two came floating past.tuvu1wig-grpWigeon World.wig-2

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