Dennis Arendt reports: The Eugene Wednesday birders arrived early at the end of Royal Avenue at Fern Ridge Reservoir. We met David Stepel, the refuge manager, who told us about the plans for water distribution among the several ponds. David numbers the six ponds (officially called “cells”) under his control. Pond one being nearest to west 11th Avenue. The “platform” pond is pond 6. The “barn” pond is number 3. He is trying to bring water into ponds to produce a variety of vegetation, but he is limited in how much water is available. Pond 5 is drying up and will remain dry, so work can be done on the south end. We walked onto the dried mud on pond 5 where we found, in the small patch of remaining water, a nice flock of shorebirds, including one Baird’s Sandpiper. Pond 3 had more water than 5 and good mud areas in which were many more shorebirds, including Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, but the morning light is not as good there. In pond 4 (“redhead”) were hundreds of mallards, both teal, White-fronted with Canada Geese, both Yellowlegs, but very few peeps. We all left at 10:00 with the temperature at 82. A nice breeze kept us somewhat cool. Our entire list follows.
Greater White-fronted Goose - four Canada Goose Mallard – 300-400 Cinnamon Teal - several Green-winged Teal - several American Bittern - three Great Blue Heron Great Egret - three Turkey Vulture Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk Virginia Rail – one heard Black-bellied Plover - two Semipalmated Plover - six Killdeer – lots in pond 3 Baird's Sandpiper – one, maybe two Least Sandpiper - many Western Sandpiper – many more than Leasts Short-billed Dowitcher – one probable Long-billed Dowitcher - hundred Wilson's Phalarope - one Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs – five or six Ring-billed Gull California Gull – a few Mourning Dove Anna's Hummingbird - one Belted Kingfisher Peregrine Falcon – one perched in the distance Willow Flycatcher – at its usual spot west and south of the gate Purple Martin – flying overhead, more heard than seen Tree Swallow Barn Swallow European Starling Cedar Waxwing Common Yellowthroat Savannah Sparrow - many Song Sparrow Spotted Towhee Black-headed Grosbeak - one Lazuli Bunting – one female/immature Red-winged Blackbird Yellow-headed Blackbird – a dozen with the redwings Brown-headed Cowbird – one with the redwings Purple Finch – drab plumaged birds American Goldfinch – a few
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