Date: 4/11/17 8:21 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] Benton County House Wrens / Polk Eurasian Wigeon
While conducting bird surveys at Camp Adair Rifle Range in northernmost Benton County this morning, I encountered 2 singing HOUSE WRENS in a clearcut - FOY for me.
Other things of note there were at least 3 calling MOUNTAIN QUAIL and a lot of woodpecker activity - had at least 3-4 PILEATED WOODPECKERS and 8 RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS, 4 of which were cavorting in a single tree. Also encountered a pair of TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, the male actively singing, and 4 singing WESTERN MEADOWLARKS..
After the survey, I found a drake EURASIAN WIGEON among a small flock of AMERICANS in a little wetland north of Robison Rd. (located in Polk Co., according to Google Maps).
Checked E.E.Wilson on my way home for the Phainopepla, but came up empty again - that bird must have moved on to greener pastures. :)
Happy Spring Birding!
-- __________________________ Hendrik G. Herlyn Corvallis, OR
*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*