Date: 2/3/18 11:58 am From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18...> Subject: [obol] Eugene area, 2/3
I birded a little around Eugene for a few hours this morning. Delta Ponds was unusually quiet. Lots of Yellow-rumps, Chickadees, and GW Teal, but not much else. Didn't see a single Wigeon or Wood Duck, and only had a single pair of Shovelers. Best birds were a BLACK PHOEBE and a BALD EAGLE (first time I've ever seen the latter there). I also spotted a couple of hatch-year PB GREBES... didn't expect to see fledglings this early.
I then birded the Cantrell/Neilsen Rd. area of Fern Ridge. Activity was subdued there as well. It was the first time I've birded that area in the winter without finding a Lincoln's Sparrow. Best finds were a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a flock of 60+ PIPITS, and a half-dozen or so WESTERN BLUEBIRDS. I also came across good-sized flock of ZONOS (all GCs, from what I could tell) in front of one of the homes on Neilsen.