Date: 7/31/19 11:39 am From: Mike Unger <unger730...> Subject: [obol] SAS Minto-Brown Island Park Scouting Trip Report
*SAS MINTO-BROWN CITY PARK SCOUT RESULTS*
*JULY 28, 2019*
* These are the scout sighting results. The upcoming *SALEM AUDUBON SOCIETY Field Trip *is on Sunday, *August 4, 2019, 7:00 AM*
* This was a blue sky day that is in the time period of post breeding for most species; and it was apparent birds are vocalizing less and song structures being heard are changing.
We decided on the goal of attempting to see LAZULI BUNTING, and SAVANNAH SPARROW again, both with low record counts this year compared to last,
The cause of this change is unknown. Some observation by co-leader and discussion includes the damage by high water in late April rains, that dampened down the grasses and apparently lessened seed head development. Another is that the restoration area near the Osprey platform in spots is becoming crowded, shady within, and less grassland areas at the edges. Still, outstanding, is the apparent development of food with apple and crab apple trees with copious fruit, the berry crop still needs some ripening warmth and time, and the water is low in two ponds on this route but attracts OSPREY,
* We had a fortunate and friendly meeting with students from the OSU ornithology and other science classes with a fun exchange of their studies, species we were seeing since both our groups were traveling *opposite directions*; they having begun at the Riverfront Park coming as far into the park to the 3rd parking area. We hope they join us for the FT if possible for them.
* One change since the evening walk on 7/24/19, when that group saw all 3 OSPREY nestlings exercising wings, was that on this date,7/28/19, all fledged and were seen on the pond located north of the dog walk area past the Sequoia woodland.The backside of this pond is hidden from the lower inside trail(obviously not from them) but is beeline from the nest platform and opposite to the river. The water is not deep in this enclosed pond with tall berry hedge and cottonwood trees, but the three where perched and plumage and their awkwardness could be observed,
* There was a family of racoon across from the ramp at the Oxbow romping and playing on a log, This was the site of the single NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
* We saw some fledged young AMERICAN ROBIN with their pebbled flecking and stripey under throats, as well as seeing adult birds pulling worms in bunches to fly off to vocalizing nestlings,
* At the River we had MALLARD, PIED-BILLED GREBE, COMMON MERGANSER, GREAT BLUE HERON, SWALLOW, SPOTTED SANDPIPER,and a bathing adult OSPREY,
* At the Conservation area, where going off trail is restricted, a good number of 11 TURKEY VULTURE were continuing to roost in a hedge tree near a wet area, and in 'contorted soaring', a term used to describe swirling TV, that are not in an organized kettle,
* We had no calling or sight of KILLDEER at the River nor the Conservation area. No WOOD DUCK,
* We had no LAZULI BUNTING, 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY,
* We walked 3.8 mi. with no re-tracking steps in 3.45 H,
Thanks to all with Fred Stephens doing the eBird species.
*46 Taxa: *
7 Canada Goose 25 Mallard - all appear brown and in eclipse plumage, 8 Common Merganser 1 California Quail 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 4 Mourning Dove 5 Vaux's Swift 3 Anna's Hummingbird 3 Spotted Sandpiper - at the river rock edges, and moving around, 4 Great Blue Heron - 1 at the oxbow 13 Turkey Vulture - 11 were seen at the north basin Conservation area, 8 Osprey 2 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 6 Belted Kingfisher 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 6 Northern Flicker 11 Western Wood-Pewee 5 Warbling Vireo -- 2 Steller's Jay 4 California Scrub-Jay 4 American Crow 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow - flying for some visual minutes over the Oxbow down from the cabana at the 3rd parking, 1 Tree Swallow 1 Cliff Swallow 7 Black-capped Chickadee 23 Bushtit 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 2 Bewick's Wren 3 Swainson's Thrush 6 American Robin 2 European Starling 11 Cedar Waxwing 6 House Finch 5 Lesser Goldfinch 5 American Goldfinch 16 White-crowned Sparrow 1 Savannah Sparrow - 1 located near teasel, with White-crowned Sparrow and Lesser Goldfinch below the upper trail, 15 Song Sparrow 5 Spotted Towhee 1 Red-winged Blackbird -seen near the restoration and apple tree junction on trail out from 3rd parking, 3 Common Yellowthroat 2 Yellow Warbler 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler
*PLANNED SAS EVENTS;*
Aug 4, Sun., Minto-Brown City Park Field Trip, 3rd Parking Lot at the kiosk, 7:00 AM,
Aug 15, Thurs., Minto-Brown City Park Field Trip for COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 7:00 PM, parking lot #3,
Aug 20, Tues., Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip, Pintail Marsh Parking Lot, 7:00 AM,
Sept. 4th, Wed., Minto-Brown City Park Field Trip, 3rd Parking Lot at the kiosk, 7:00 AM,
September 10th, Tuesday is beginning of monthly BIRDER's NIGHT.