Date: 10/11/18 12:21 am From: <jmeredit...> Subject: [COBOL] Wednesday Birding ECAS to Crook County
NEXT WEEK BIRDERS Sleep later, start time moves to 8 a.m.
Locations birded, Ochoco Creek Park, Crooked River Park, Prineville sewer pond complex, CR Wetlands, Houston Lake. Some good birds for the county and good for our year list were seen today. First in the MAYBE department, Greater White-fronted Geese overhead at CRW and a possible female Great-tailed Grackle, both species seen poorly and by only 2 birders. The blackbird had a strong yellow-buff supercillium, no streaks on front, bigger than blackbird and walking edge of pond #4 where it disappeared into vegetation and was not seen again. I hope someone can get out there and look around for it in the next few days. And, what seemed like a big flock for central Oregon were 24 DC Cormorants flying in formation over us at CRW and also had small numbers at old sewer ponds and at CRW.
Surprise was a Barn OWl that flew up between the river and CRW as 4 or so birders approached the area. We had groups of (?Late?) swallows. A Barn Swallow was seen at close range over older sewer ponds by a couple of birders, then a good flock of Cliff and Barn over CRW and later over Houston Lake, those quite high, feeding as they generally moved south. About 30 swallows were in one flock. And to add to the wonderful morning, at east end of Ochoco Creek Park, we had a perched Merlin and then 4 Sandhill Cranes flew over us heading south. Seeing a Varied Thrush was nice at Crooked River Park, after only hearing them at Ochoco Creek Park. Most conspicuous passerine migrants were Yellow-rumps and Ruby-crowned Kinglets in mult locations.
MAYBE - Greater White-fronted Goose - 6 Canada Goose Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-Winged Teal Ring-necked Duck Bufflehead Ruddy Duck - one striking leucistic Ruddy, CRW, photos by some. Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe - somewhat numerous Prineville SP Eared Grebe -esp numerous at Prineville SP Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Great Egret - 1 CRW Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk American Kestrel Merlin - in a tall Poplar at Ochoco Creek Park American Coot Sandhill Crane - 4 Killdeer Greater Yellowlegs - 1 - pond #4 Long-billed Dowitcher - 30 or more total Wilson's Snipe - single at pond 4, later 4 flew over us Rock Dove Eurasian Collared-Dove Barn Owl Anna's Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher Northern Flicker Western Scrub-Jay Black-billed Magpie American Crow Common Raven Cliff Swallow Barn Swallow Marsh Wren Ruby-crowned Kinglet Mountain Bluebird - Houston Townsend's Solitaire - Crooked River Park American Robin Varied Thrush - Crooked River Park, a female European Starling Orange-crowned Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch House Sparrow Total number of species seen: 54 Birders today: Aaron Jenkins, Scott Ahlf, Toni Morozumi, Denise Fainberg, Sherrie Pierce, Joel Tinsley, Don Sutherland, David Sowards-Emmerd, Diane Burgess, Milt Vine, and self. NEXT WEEK, start time moves to 8 a.m. Good birding, Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...> _______________________________________________ COBOL mailing list <COBOL...> https://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/cobol
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