Posted by: atowhee | May 22, 2017

SPRING RE-DUCK-TION

By this time of spring most of our wintering ducks are gone, except for those social misfits who stay past the migration deadline set by natural hormones and seasonal changes…today we found five lingering ducks at Yamhill Sewer Ponds–three Bufflehead and two male Shovelers.

There was a tight flotilla of Canada Geese: three sets of parents and three gosling groups of varied sizes, about thirty altogether.  House Sparrows and Tree Swallows seemed to have moved into many of the nest boxes along the sewer pond fences.  No Violet-green in view.

There was music in the air: Red-winged Blackbirds and Black-headed Grosbeaks were tuned up and sounding off at Yamhill.  Later at Wennerberg Park we heard more grosbeaks and lots of whispering from the Yellow Warblers, finally we heard the thin wheezy call of the Western Wood-Pewee and managed to locate a couple, in the treetops, as usual.  I suspect the Wennerberg sapsuckers have young, one adult Red-breasted landed on a tree just a few feet from us, closest I’ve ever been to that species.  The bird was focused on food-gathering and ignored us.  Foolishly I forgot my camera.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 22, 2017 10:20 AM – 11:00 AM.  17 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  40     mostly goslings, three families clumped together
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  10
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  40
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  50     singing

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 22, 2017 11:10 AM – 11:50 AM.  18 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  30
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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