Date: 11/15/19 2:22 pm From: Mike Unger <unger730...> Subject: [obol] SAS Ankeny NWR Field Trip Report
*SALEM AUDUBON FIELD TRIP TO ANKENY NATIONAL WILDLIFE*
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019*
The *Best Birding* on this day of stagnate Willamette Valley weather with deck of fog above, was at the *END*. So, let me start there:
After starting census at the Pintail Marsh so 11 birders could enjoy comparison of TRUMPETER and TUNDRA Swan and ducks in beautiful plumage, we segued to the* Rail Trail (there is no longer signage on Wintel Rd for this Boardwalk).*
With exception of good looks at the action of PACIFIC WREN and HAIRY WOODPECKER from the boardwalk on the way in, 8 of us *stationed* at the very end enjoyed following flurry of activity:
3 VARIED THRUSH - one coming to the muddy wetland pool below the boardwalk to drink,
1 BLACK PHOEBE - flycatching from the low logs at the same spot of water and mud,
1 GREAT EGRET - at a more distant wet area feeding with MALLARD at its feet swirling and stirring up the mud as it was feeding,
1 WILSON'S SNIPE - stationed at the edge of a mud and reed mound looking towards us,
1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
1 BELTED KINGFISHER - about and vocal,
1 PIED-BILLED GREBE,
1 GREAT BLUE HERON,
4 MARSH WREN - in grasses below the boardwalk near the logs and mud,
1 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET - near wet Reed grass and tangle of higher shrubby trees,
2 PURPLE FINCH - came flying in to perch briefly taking off together as they had arrived,
1 CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY - announced the entire 30" or more,
Other serenade vocals included: SPOTTED TOWHEE, PACIFIC WREN, BEWICK'S WREN, NORTHERN FLICKER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, AMERICAN ROBIN. There was one view of a male NORTHERN HARRIER.
The area was significant for recent and prolific beaver work with downed trees and raw wood, that popped. 3 Pacific Tree Frogs were sitting together on top of floating material just below the rail.
Thanks to photographers Tim Johnson, and C. Quinn took photos. Tim added his to eBird list including the frogs, Varied Thrush, and Hairy Woodpecker.