Posted by: atowhee | January 25, 2017


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.hogr-1In the first picture you can see the pale beak tip, and the fairly flat head which are both characteristics of the Horned not Eared.hogr-2hogr-3We have lift off:dc-up1dc-up2dc-up3dc-up4dc-up5dc-up6dc-up7gbhhagg-pmrbn-haggak-femlHenry 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
American Kestrel–female
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:

If you are interested in either trip, let me know.


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