Date: 4/8/17 2:26 pm From: Joshua Little <joshua.p.little...> Subject: [obol] Lane Red-necked Phalaropes, et al
I spent a couple nice hours out at Fern Ridge this morning. Between the Fisher Butte South Unit, Perkins Peninsula, and Cantrell/Nielsen Road area, I managed 70 species, including 8 FOY. It was amazing just how refreshing it was for the sound waves to be filled with Savannahs and Yellowthroats!
Notables by stop:
Fisher South Unit: 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS 50 LEAST SANDPIPERS 6 CINNAMON TEAL 2 VIRGINIA RAILS SORA PEREGRINE FALCON Very conspicuous COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and SAVANNAH SPARROWS PURPLE FINCH One bush full of a dozen YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS was the most I've seen in Lane County All the swallows except Bank
Perkins Peninsula: ~30 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS filled up seemingly every last bush! ACORN WOODPECKER PURPLE FINCHES BALD EAGLE with a very fresh catch
Wetland south of Cantrell/Nielsen intersection: 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES - definitely the bird/surprise of the day! I only saw them swimming for a short while then lost them amongs the weeds. Crazy how early some of them are moving this Spring. 12 GREATER YELLOWLEGS 2 WOOD DUCKS COOPER'S HAWK RED-SHOULDERED HAWK CHIPPING SPARROW
Besides the birds, just walking outside without getting drenched or blown over was a really nice change of pace from the last, well, almost 4 months.