At Hagg Lake yesterday there were groups of Western Grebes and eBird continues to be skeptical of my count. For me, however, the “good grebe” was a lone Horned Grebe paddling near shore.In the first picture you can see the pale beak tip, and the fairly flat head which are both characteristics of the Horned not Eared.We have lift off:Henry Hagg Lake Park (Scoggins Valley Park), Washington, Oregon, US
Jan 24, 2017. 20 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 8
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 14
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 34
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
California Gull (Larus californicus) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 10
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 30
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 50
There are openings for a couple birders on two trips I’m leading in the Pacific Northwest this year. Both trips are sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon of San Francisco/Oakland…but you do not have to be a member to join the trips.
Northwest Washington is March 9-13. We bird the perimeter of Puget Sound for Arctic birds. On past trips we have had Gyrfalcon and Snowy Owl. We still hope for Yellow-billed Loon. Trumpeter Swan, Red-necked Grebe, many Harlequin, Rhino Auklets and other goodies can be expected.
Southern Cascades is May 26-29. This trip is based in Ashland and will include Klamath Basin and Butte Valley. Of course, we will try for Great Gray Owl on their breeding grounds. Other targets: Green-tailed Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, nesting Sandhill Cranes, dancing Western Grebes, Black Tern, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Calliope Hummingbird, Dipper, Oak Titmouse, California Towhee, White-tailed Kite and White-faced Ibis.
Here is websiute for more info: http://goldengateaudubon.org/field-trips/travel-with-golden-gate-audubon/
If you are interested in either trip, let me know.