Date: 11/12/17 6:08 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] Two Benton shrikes, Finley Short-eared Owls, Black-bellied Plover
I spent a good chunk of time birding around Benton County today (Finley NWR and Philomath Sewage Ponds). Here are some of the highlights:
The NORTHERN SHRIKE that's been hanging around the Philomath Ponds was near the pump house on the west side this afternoon; it later worked its way south along the west fence line. A couple of photos here: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40480287
This evening, while looking for Short-eared Owls, I found a second NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Prairie Overlook at Finley NWR. It was on the fence line that runs east from the platform parking lot. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS obligingly appeared just around sunset and put on a nice show for me, perching atop of a tree and chasing harriers around. A singing WESTERN MEADOWLARK provided a pleasant soundtrack for the experience, replaced after sunset by a hooting GREAT-HORNED OWL in the distance.
Earlier today, I (re)found a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER in the wet field east of McFadden Marsh (Finely NWR) and west of the railroad (thanks to Tyler Hallman for alerting me to the bird's presence!). Very crappy pics can be seen here: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40475158
Otherwise, birding at Finley was pretty much within the ordinary. A few TUNDRA SWANS at McFadden and Cabell, one immat. SNOW GOOSE, 8 GADWALL, one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 2 BLACK PHOEBES at Cabell, single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at the south end of Bruce Rd, and at the Prairie Overlook; seven WESTERN MEADOWLARKS at Prairie Overlook around noon, and small flocks of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS in several places.
Nice to get out and even enjoy a little bit of sunshine today!
Happy fall birding
-- __________________________ Hendrik G. Herlyn Corvallis, OR
*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*