Date: 3/1/17 10:05 am From: Mark J. Greenfield <markgreenfield...> Subject: [obol] Lost Lagoon Farm Bird List for February 15-28
Below is our bird list for Lost Lagoon Farm, Gillihan Road, Sauvie Island for the second half of February, 2017. We identified 52 species - the most so far in 2017 for a single period - aided by one day when probably 150+ gulls appeared on the adjoining farm property, including some species I haven’t seen in a while. Gulls have been one of my projects for this year - working hard to learn the distinguishing features of some similar species. My wife identified the turkey vulture — I did not see it — but I believe one may have been hanging around the island this winter. As to migrants, none yet, but I anticipate seeing swallows sometime very soon. They were here at this time last year.
I saw a variety of duck species, but the numbers are way down from last winter. I typically see 50-100 pintails across the road from our driveway, with perhaps a dozen mallards and maybe several green winged teals. Sometimes wigeons and shovelers are there. Last year those numbers were much, much higher for all of these species, and last year I also saw ring-necked ducks. None this winter. I see the mergansers and wood ducks on our pond.
Double-crested cormorant Trumpeter swan (six flying over) Sandhill crane (just one) Canada goose (in small numbers) Cackling goose (also in small numbers compared to earlier counting periods) Wood duck Mallard Northern pintail American wigeon Northern shoveler Green winged teal Hooded merganser Turkey vulture Northern harrier Red-tailed hawk Cooper’s hawk Bald eagle American kestrel Mew gull Glaucous-winged gull Ring-billed gull California gull Western gull (one, seen once) Herring gull Thayer’s gull Eurasian collared dove Great horned owl Anna’s hummingbird Downy woodpecker Hairy woodpecker Northern flicker Red-breasted sapsucker American crow California scrub-jay Black-capped chickadee Bushtit Brown creeper Pacific wren Bewick’s wren American robin Golden-crowned kinglet Song sparrow Fox sparrow White-throated sparrow Golden-crowned sparrow Dark-eyed junco Spotted towhee Red-winged blackbird Lesser goldfinch American goldfinch House finch European starling