Date: 12/27/17 2:21 pm From: M Gonzalez <towhee...> Subject: [COBOL] Scouting Bend CBC -- Hatfield update / magpie behavior
Greetings Judy and COBOLers,
I made a lap of the front and back ponds at Hatfield this morning. The front pond is 90% open; the water level is very high and has covered whatever bulrush there was.
As of this morning, there was no open water in the back pond. Water/ice level is low and even if the pond thaws, I doubt there will be any water of consequence for the Bend CBC.
Here is what I observed with some notes. All birds were at front pond except where noted:
Snow Goose (Greater-white Fronted x Snow Goose hybrid?) 1 Very unusual plumage. First thought it was dark phase Snow Goose, but closer examination showed features inconsistent with pure Snow Goose. Photos provided in the eBird list: ( http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41356365 )
Canada Goose 300 Gadwall 2 A Wigeon 150 Mallard 500 Northern Shaveler 25 Northern Pintail 10 Green-winged Teal 50 Canvasback 5 Redhead 10 Ring-necked Duck 500 Lesser Scaup 5 Bufflehead 50 C Goldeneye 2 Ruddy Duck 25 California Quail 10 (back pond -- hunkered down in Tules/bulrush by the "high point" which is great for scoping the back pond (where pond has dog leg and the east-west stretch bends toward the south) Bald Eagle (2 ad./ 1 sub-adult) Golden Eagle (1 sub-adult) Red-tailed Hawk 2 (back pond) American Coot 25 Killdeer 2 Northern Flicker 1 (back pond) Black-billed Magpie 10 (both ponds) -- somewhat unusual behavior. A half dozen magpies were calling from top of juniper. I chased the sound thinking that they might be mobbing an owl. No owl, but the juniper was filled with black and white feathers -- a deceased magpie with mourners?) Raven 10 (both ponds) Mountain Chickadees 4 (back pond) Townsend's Solitaire 2 Robin 3 Euro Starling 3 (back pond) Song Sparrow 10 (back pond)