Date: 3/8/17 5:11 pm From: <jmeredit...> Subject: [obol] ECAS Wednesday Birders to Jefferson county
Thanks to the Madras bunch for leading us around and to some out of the way farm ponds. It was very windy today but we managed to stay out of the rain. First surprise was a Red-tailed Hawk trailing jesses, around the Madras sewage pond along Grizzly. Then we had a Prairie Falcon hunting the area giving a good show. The hoped for Black-capped Chickadees at Trout Creek Campground made an appearance, and 2 Say's Phoebes along the entrance road were lovely. With a lot of wind, we didn't have many birds but the campground was a lovely place with signs of spring, with mayflies and even a few butterflies. Chris pointed out a couple of early blooming plant species so we found things to enjoy besides the view. No Juncos today except one in a story. Chris told about a DE Junco yesterday that was taken mere inches from his hand, while he was returning a recovered window strike bird to freedom. A cheeky Sharp-shinned got the meal.
Has anyone made contact with the new owners ( Daimler) of the truck training site out of Madras? We didn't visit today as discussion included no permission and a new chain link fence.
We visited new Madras sewage pond, Pelton overlook, Agency Plains, Gateway, and Trout Creek Campground today This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net Canada Goose Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Green-Winged Teal, about 20 Pelton Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Barrow's Goldeneye Hooded Merganser, 1 private pond along Juniper Common Merganser Ruddy Duck, Pelton, about 5 Ring-necked Pheasant, 1 in Gateway Double-crested Cormorant, about 15 at Pelton Great Blue Heron, about 23 in the Rookery, 10 more at edge of the water. Bald Eagle Sharp-shinned Hawk Red-tailed Hawk, many today, first one trailing jesses Rough-legged Hawk Golden Eagle, 2, Trout Creek CG American Kestrel Prairie Falcon, 1, sewage pond American Coot Killdeer Rock Dove Eurasian Collared-Dove Downy Woodpecker, Trout Creek CG Northern Flicker Say's Phoebe, 2 or more, Trout Creek Western Scrub-Jay, Madras Black-billed Magpie American Crow Common Raven Black-capped Chickadee, 2 or more, along and not with mixed flocks Canyon Wren, near the bridge over Trout Creek Mountain Bluebird, Trout Creek CG trail Townsend's Solitaire American Robin European Starling Spotted Towhee Song Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird, singing spring song Brewer's Blackbird House Finch
Total number of species seen: 43 Birders today, Dan and Margi O'Brien, Chris and Pam Scranton, Denise Fainberg, Clay Crofton, Sherrie Pierce, Mark Newdorfer, Tom Penpraze, Diane Burgess and Judy Meredith. Next week *** early start *** and birding all day, starting with Fort Rock and going on to Summer Lake. This will be our trip of the season to try for Greater Sage Grouse and look for lots of raptors and around Summer Lake, growing numbers of waterfowl including some white geese. Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...> POST: Send your post to <obol...> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>