Date: 1/1/18 8:06 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] First-of-year Barn Swallow (Philomath Sewage Ponds) and others
Oscar and I did a little first-of-year birding at Finley NWR and the Philomath Sewage Ponds today. The most unexpected sighting was a lone BARN SWALLOW that circled over the Philomath Sewage Ponds. It was also seen by Howard Bruhner.
Also at the sewage ponds, at least 4 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS continued with the big blackbird flock in the SW corner (which also contained at least one BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD), and the 2 male CINNAMON TEAL have now moved to the NW pond.
At the Bruce Road scrape pond at Finley, the female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still swimming to and fro, although it appears to have lost its female Bufflehead companion.
Otherwise, it was quite birdy and pleasantly sunny once the freezing morning fog finally lifted, but we found nothing else out of the ordinary.
Happy FOY birding!
-- __________________________ Hendrik G. Herlyn Corvallis, OR
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