Date: 11/30/19 12:11 pm From: Mark Greenfield <sauviemark...> Subject: [obol] Amazing birding morning at Lost Lagoon Farm
On average, I bird our 13-acre Sauvie Island property twice a day and, dividing each month in half, keep track of the species I see. On average, I will see Lincoln sparrows maybe 3-4 times a year; varied thrushes maybe once or twice a year; Townsend’s warblers maybe once a year; and hermit thrushes maybe once a year (but not in over a year). Also, unlike the ruby-crowned kinglets, I see and hear golden-crowned kinglets only intermittently, and we see chestnut-backed chickadees only some winters, although when they are here, we see them with some frequency.
Yesterday I saw my first hermit thrush on our property in well over a year, maybe two years. Then today we saw my first varied thrush in over a year, my first Townsend’s warbler in over a year, my second Lincoln sparrow in six months, my first golden-crowned kinglets in about a month, and several chestnut-backed chickadees (which are around this winter). Overall, for this half of November, I have identified 49 species on our property, and the list includes only three ducks (mallard, wigeon and gadwall) due to a lack of ponding in the area, and only gull. Notable omissions include American crow, Cooper’s hawk, Eurasian collared dove (we’ve seen very few of them this entire year compared to past years), Bushtit, and House sparrow,
I haven’t provided my bird list for Lost Lagoon Farm in almost two years (I think), but here is my list for the second half of November (seen on or from our property).
Cackling goose (thousands) Canada goose Gadwall Mallard American wigeon California quail (just one, yesterday) Double-crested cormorant Great blue heron Great egret Bald eagle Red-tailed hawk Sandhill crane (by the dozens in the fields next to us) Killdeer Ring-billed gull Mourning dove Barred owl (one-day visitor) Great-horned owl Anna’s hummingbird Belted kingfisher (first in a couple of months) Hermit thrush Red-breasted sapsucker Downy woodpecker Hairy woodpecker Pileated woodpecker Northern flicker (all woodpeckers are pretty reliable sightings here) American kestrel California scrub-jay Black-capped chickadee Chestnut-backed chickadee White-breasted nuthatch (a regular here) Brown creeper Bewick’s wren Golden-crowned kinglet Ruby-crowned kinglet (seen almost daily) American robin Varied thrush (first in about a year or more) Hermit thrush (first in maybe two years) European starling Townsend’s warbler (first this year) Fox sparrow (every winter) Song sparrow Golden-crowned sparrow White-throated sparrow (every winter) Dark-eyed junco Spotted towhee Red-winged blackbird Brewer’s blackbird House finch Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch
For those interested, we have also seen, on our wildlife cam, river otters, possums, raccoons, deer, coyotes, muskrat, nutria, beaver, squirrels, rabbits, and a weasal of some sort.
Mark Greenfield Lost Lagoon Farm Gillihan Road Sauvie Island <sauviemark...>
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