Posted by: atowhee | April 18, 2017


All is flux, especially this time  of year.  This morning I saw my first Vaux’s Swifts of the year, then around the corner a first lilac beginning to bloom, while ours remain days away.  In the afternoon the dog and I went to Yamhill Sewer Ponds–fourteen snipe lifted up from the marsh there.  And on the ponds the largest flock of Bufflehead I’ve ever seen there…mustering before migration.  Most ducks now are paired off.  In the distant pond were three male Wood Ducks, their outerwear at its supremely colorful peak.  The females must now be confined to nesting duties.  Certainly no duck that dapper would deign to help around the nest or the dirty little ducklings when they arrive.  Appearances must be kept up.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 18, 2017. 15 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  3
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  60
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  100
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  14
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30     one checking out nest box
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  6

Meadowlake Rd., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 18, 2017. 11 species

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  2 in a vineyard pond
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X


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