Date: 2/28/18 8:40 am From: Mike Unger <unger730...> Subject: [obol] Ankeny NWR Field Trip Report
*SAS ANKENY WILDLIFE REFUGE FIELD TRIP*
*SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 25, 2018*
*Hello Birders, * *SUMMARY AND HIGHLIGHTS OF A VERY WET MORNING TRIP: *
A very wet day with 9 birders gathering to carpool around the refuge's notable pullouts. Attendees joining included birders from Salem, Keizer, Portland, Sisters, and McMinnville. A student from OSU Ornithology class attended her first birding field trip. Everyone made an effort to describe details that would be helpful for new attendees. Much appreciated.
Starting at the Overlook we went first drove to the corner at Liberty, and ACORN WOODPECKERS were not yet out; for all new to this colony site we had a look at the granary trees, and noting the giant Oak limb that has come down this winter.
We traveled Buena Vista to the 2nd wide pullout on the right; then to the Eagle Marsh Kiosk for a short stop; over and past the RR tracks to Las Brisas Farm, noting the conservation action the farmer provides with a BARN OWL box - the female sitting on 8 eggs - seen only by camera, to not disturb.
We then had a short Willow tree stop with some duck species and KILLDEER; then to Pintail/Egret Marsh Boardwalk, and finally the Rail Trail Loop and Boardwalk. DUCKS were seen in fields and grassy areas more prone to have muddy field ponds, and at Eagle and Pintail Marshes; the surprise was the RUDDY DUCK number at Pintail Marsh, included 2 male in breeding, with bright blue bills and rust-red bodies. Cheerful sight on this cold wet day. 1 CANADA GOOSE is nesting in front of Eagle Marsh on the island.
25 Cackling Goose (minima) 2 Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 20 Tundra Swan-- only seen in the far field from a pullout known to have Elk come in frequently at dusk. 2 Wood Duck - flushed with mewing squeals, up and out, as the group walked on the Rail Trail. 72 Northern Shoveler 20 Gadwall--among the flock of AMERICAN COOT at Eagle Marsh. 160 American Wigeon -- Of this number some AMERICAN WIGEON were among the TUNDRA SWAN. 18 Mallard 50 Northern Pintail 35 Green-winged Teal 15 Bufflehead 2 Hooded Merganser 35 Ruddy Duck 1 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Great Blue Heron 2 Northern Harrier 2 Bald Eagle 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Buteo sp. 50 American Coot 24 Killdeer 40 Dunlin 5 Long-billed Dowitcher - in flight at the Buena Vista pullout. 1 Glaucous-winged Gull 9 gull sp. 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 2 Acorn Woodpecker - male and female seen on the Maple tree near the road at Las Brisas. 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2 California Scrub-Jay 11 Black-capped Chickadee 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 2 Bewick's Wren 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Western Bluebird -- Hovering and swirling over the Overlook signature Oak stump. Most probably from feeding memory of mistletoe. 25 American Robin 3 European Starling 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - flocking at Pintail/Egret Boardwalk. 3 Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 3 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1 White-crowned Sparrow 14 Golden-crowned Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 25 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Brewer's Blackbird 1 House Finch 3 House Sparrow - Las Brisas
*Number of Taxa: 50 - *pretty nice for a cold, wet day, called an adventure those who joined.
Thanks for joining, Barbara Dolan
*CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING FUTURE SAS EVENTS and OPPORTUNITIES: *
* * This is the YEAR OF THE BIRD celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, enacted in 1918 as the strongest piece of legislation protecting native bird species. This effort to celebrate and give strong attention is the united collaboration of the National Geographic, the Cornell Lab and Ornithology, Bird Life International, and National Audubon. *
* * Audubon Chapters are signing on to this effort and SAS has made an action stand toward that recognition.* To personally honor this taking-a-stand for conservation, keep track of your bird species of the year, or an event, and read the March *Kestrel* article by Tim Johnson for how to pledge. Consider this support from an event, or a specific time in the year, or from a specific birding area,like your yard or favorite patch.
* Next SAS Minto-Brown Field Trip is this Sunday, March 4, at 8:00 AM.
* The next SAS Ankeny Wildlife Refuge is on Tuesday, March 20, at 8:00 AM.
* There is a SAS SHORT at Cascade Gateway Park on Wednesday, March 28, time is 9:00-10:30 AM.