Posted by: atowhee | February 20, 2017

EARTH AND WATER, BIRDS ABOUND

TODAY, SHERIDAN:

gcki-in-treeegcki-tree2This kinglet was in the willows at South Side Park overlooking the melliferous sewer ponds.  Well, melliferous to us birders anyway.gcki-tree3gcki-tree4dcc-rowAbove: cormorants all in a row.  Below: gaggle of Cackling and Dusky Canada Geese on the lawn.gagglelookalikeScaup and friends.soukth-pondSOUTH OF MCMINNVILLEmuch-watrGlaucous-winged Gull in a field.  There were some Herring Gulls in with the several GW Gulls.yng-gwg

LAST WEEKcac-with-ringCacklers at Yamhill Sewer Ponds last week.  One on left proudly showing off his white neck ring.cacsls-fmlLesser Scaup: female above, male below.  Eyes glowing.ls-pondThe only Ruddy Ducks at Yamhill.rudu-twoJOE DANCER PARK:

Pair of Kestrel, female above, male below.2kestrlFlicker flight:flikflitMale hummer, sitting on same twig in same tree facing same direction, two days in a row:hum-treeamro-upritRed-breasted Sapsucker.  blue-eyesWhat is this bird? The camera angle makes the bird look like its got falcon wings.  But then you see those white puffs beneath the base of the tail?  Those feathers are to keep the feet warm in winter and are often visible on large accipiters, Goshawk and this Cooper’s Hawk.  This is the one who sent 200 starlings into aerial panic at Joe Dancer Park.coha

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 17, 2017. 13 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  109
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  50
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  27
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  25
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  3
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 17, 2017. 13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  50     fly over
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  25
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 17, 2017. 6 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2     mated pair perched together
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  35
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Delashmutt Lane SW, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US–seen in flooded road picture above
Feb 20, 2017 9 species

American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Sheridan South Side Park and Fishing Pond, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 20, 2017. 21 species

Cackling Goose (minima) (Branta hutchinsii minima)  60
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  150
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  10
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  35
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  30
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1

Sheridan WTP Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 20, 2017. 10 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  8
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X

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