Date: 10/2/17 9:50 am From: Anne & Dan Heyerly <tanager...> Subject: [obol] Lane county, Fern Ridge (Fisher Butte Unit) Oct. 1, 2017
Birds Mentioned in the following narrative:
Red-shouldered Hawk Northern Harrier Peregrine Falcon Merlin Virginia Rail Long-billed Dowitcher Greater Yellowlegs Pectoral Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Least Sandpiper American Avocet Golden Plover sp. Black-bellied Plover Wilson's Snipe
Anne and I birded the area south of Royal Ave. Sunday at midday (Oct. 1). We scoured the shallow flats north of Royal Ave. west of the viewing platform, the pond SW of the viewing platform, the pond west of the dike that extends south from the viewing platform (this includes the partially submerged disked canary grass area at the extreme SE corner of this pond), and the used-to-be-pond that lies to the east of the disked area. The water is very deep in most areas with little edge.
There were many Long-billed Dowitchers and fewer Greater Yellowlegs scattered over all the areas. A small group of Western and Least Sandpipers were feeding along the dike where there was edge.
The American Avocet continued SW of the platform on "Pelican Island". There was what appeared to be a Golden Plover of some version hunkered down on that island itself, but with the heat shimmer it was impossible to see great detail. We had a sense of a more yellowish/tawny overall color, and the bill seemed to be smaller than the half-dozen or so Black-bellied Plovers that were scattered around the edges. Two Pectoral Sandpipers were present as well. A Virginia Rail briefly appeared on the mud along the dike running south from the platform. The only birds we saw in the disked area were a few dowitchers and three Greater Yellowlegs that briefly visited.
There were a pair of Northern Harriers briefly harassing a Red-shouldered Hawk over Royal Ave. extended, a Peregrine Falcon came through the crowd at Pelican Island and was promptly ushered off by the harriers, and lastly a Merlin flew by us slowly and landed on a snag about 50-yards away as we walked north along the east edge of the disked area. Of course Anne left her camera at home! You're welcome.
It was warm out there. We overdressed anticipating rain. We shed layers as the day wore on.