Date: 4/9/17 4:31 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] [Fwd: E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area signs of spring]
Just in case anyone is interested in other stuff that I saw on this afternoon's walk ...
-------- Forwarded Message -------- From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> To: MidValley Birds <birding...>, Mid-Valley Nature <mid-valley-nature...> Subject: E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area signs of spring Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:05:21 -0700
Besides the Phainopepla mentioned in my previous posting on the birding list (wanted to get the word out quickly on that one), today in the south end of E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, a male NORTHERN HARRIER was giving chittering calls while doing sort of a half-hearted version of his "roller-coaster" display flight, near the small native prairie remnant. I didn't see a female; perhaps she's already on a nest somewhere in the vicinity.
A calling BLACK PHOEBE was still roaming around the vicinity of the old WW II movie theater foundation, where a pair has been hanging around since late winter. According to /Birds of Oregon: A General Reference/, this species has been found nesting in SW Oregon as early as 20 Mar. I was actually trying to peek into an interesting-looking hole in the concrete wall below the old movie theater stage, when the Phainopepla flew up from the water and sat in back side of a willow.
Up on the native prairie remnant that volunteers have been helping to restore by clearing brush and mowing in recent seasons, quite a few plants of Lomatium dissectum (Fern-leaved Desert-Parsley) are up and a few are starting to bloom. Kincaid's Lupine is making a good showing, with a few plants popping up in areas where I didn't see them last year. Oregon Geranium and Mule's Ear are also up, though not blooming yet.