Posted by: atowhee | March 23, 2017

YAMHILL: SOME 2017 FIRSTS

The dog took me for her first walk at Wennerberg Park since her knee surgery.   And we saw three species that were new for us this year in Yamhill County: Osprey, MOurning Dove and Tree Swallow.   All were fly-overs.

Watching the whole scene was a young Bald Eagle atop the tallest of the Doug-firs.  The head feathers appear to be that of a second year bird, some white but plenty of dark feathers remain:BE-2 YRThere’s the eagle at the top of the tree.BE-TREEOne of the Downys, apparently with chin staining:DOWN-UPODOWN-UPPO2There was a worker on his machine trying to reconstitute the gravel drive which had been swept away by winter floods.  Lots of evident erosion along the creek and across the lower-lying portions of the park.  Here you see a large tree that once stood along the edge of the cutbank.  Undercut by floods it has slipped down so that its rootball now rests on the lower bank of the North Yamhill “River.”  The tree’s trunk leans against the cutbank it once topped.   I do not expect the tree to be able to re-root itself in its new position.  Summer will determine…FALLEN TREE

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 23, 2017. 17 species

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  X     fly over
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  X     third year bird in tallest Doug-fir
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2–one singing
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1     singing from high in Doug-fir
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Carlton City Sewer Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 23, 2017. 7 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  13
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  18
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

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