Date: 6/17/20 1:20 pm From: <clearwater...> Subject: [obol] Wilson's Snipe and Western Grebes in courtship displays in Fern Ridge WMA, Lane County
This morning around 7 am I heard a WILSON'S SNIPE was winnowing over the South Coyote Creek unit of Fern Ridge Wildlife Management Area, off of Halderson Road west of Eugene.
A little later I had one fly about 30 feet over me as I crossed through a wetland on the other side of the area (about a quarter mile from where I'd heard one winnowing). That bird gave a series of monotonous "nuk ... nuk ... nuk ... nuk " calls which were new for my experience with this species. It flew onward over some tree to the east (private land past where Halderson dead-ends, perhaps viewable from Crow Road if you come in from Green Hill) and seemed to make a wide loop behind the trees.
Also perhaps of interest, on Sunday, June 14 a pair of WESTERN GREBES were in courtship display on the South Marsh part of Fern Ridge Reservoir, where Hwy 126 goes over the causeway that cuts across the wetlands, just east of Veneta. They were swimming and bobbing their necks in unison as I drove over the causeway. Some people standing beside their vehicles in the parking area just past the causeway could have had a good view, if they were paying attention, but seemingly they weren't.