Date: 4/3/17 11:08 am From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] Bald Hill (Corvallis) - Vesper Sparrow, N. Rough-winged Swallow
I hiked around Bald Hill Park this morning, looking for migrants. The area was crawling with singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, but I found no other warblers, nor any vireos or flycatchers.
Along the trail south of Bald Hill Farm (near the little covered bench) I found one VESPER SPARROW (perched a ways out in the field west of the trail), along with numerous SAVANNAH SPARROWS. In the same area, a lone NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW had joined the local TREE and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS on a wire.
While I was watching the swallows and sparrows, a flock of about 70 AMERICAN PIPITS flew in. To my surprise, most of the birds landed high in a single oak before scattering into the grassy field.
Otherwise, things were pretty slow.
Happy Spring Migration
-- __________________________ Hendrik G. Herlyn Corvallis, OR
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