Date: 10/10/18 1:08 pm From: Dennis Arendt <dennisarendt...> Subject: [obol] Wednesday Birders in the fog
The Eugene Wednesday birders went to Wild Iris Ridge Park in southwest Eugene. The fog was thick and it managed to get even thicker before we started back to the cars. However, the birds were plentiful, though sometimes hard to see. This relatively new park has a great mix of forest and underbrush habitat. The new larger parking lot off Bailey Hill Road makes accessing the park much easier. We had our first White-throated Sparrow of the season. Two Turkey Vultures, waiting for some warmer air, sat in tree tops like large black lumps. We could see fairly well most of the morning as long as the birds were not too far away. We tested our ability to identify birds by ear and by silhouette some of the time. Here is our entire list.
Anna's Hummingbird - a couple
Acorn Woodpecker - a group of 5 or 6
Hutton's Vireo - one
Red-breasted Nuthatch - heard only
White-breasted Nuthatch - two or four
Wrentit - heard only
Cedar Waxwing - a few groups, one very large group eating Madrone berries
Yellow-rumped Warbler - a few
Townsend's Warbler - two
Fox Sparrow - only one
Dark-eyed Junco - several small flocks
White-crowned Sparrow - a few with the Goldens
Golden-crowned Sparrow - several large flocks
White-throated Sparrow - one with the Goldens high up the trail.
Lincoln's Sparrow - one only
House Finch - one only.. what's with that?
Lesser Goldfinch - several large flocks
American Goldfinch - a dozen with the Lessers
Tom Cable, Nancy Clogston, Sue Hutchinson, Sylvia Maulding, Judy and Steve Franzen, Steve Dignam, Jim Regali, Kit Larsen, Scott McNeeley and Dennis Arendt