Date: 11/20/20 4:49 pm
From: Kevin Scaldeferri <kevin...>
Subject: [obol] Re: 4 Red-necked Grebes - Portland
I'm sorry some people are taking the pandemic seriously and some other
people are suffering worse impacts from the current situation than you are.

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 4:44 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
wrote:

> Steven Rogers and did some Portland birding today.
>
> 4 Red-necked Grebes at Boughton Beach was a high number for Portland in my
> experience.
>
> It was depressing to drive to the once fabulous birding spots that I went
> to for decades. Merritt’s Ranch on Gertz Road is now industrial. The pond
> at Westmoreland is now a stream that has been re-made for salmon habitat.
> The little sloughs near Faloma where Black-crowned Night Herons were
> reliable now are inaccessible due to construction. I would be a bit
> surprised if there are any night-herons there anymore. The reed College
> Pond is off limits. The Eastmoreland Lake is off limits due to COVID. And
> where are the wigeon? There used to be several thousand total in the
> Columbia Bottoms and at Eastmoreland Mock’s Bottom is long
> industrialized. Etc. Etc. - not to mention the “un-homed" camps
> everywhere At least Cackling Geese, Common Goldeneyes, and Greater Scaup
> are more common than they used to be. Etc. Etc. - not to mention the
> “un-homed" camps everywhere.
>
> On a brighter note, the Vanport Wetlands have a lot of ducks, especially
> Green-winged Teal. I predict that it will the first place n Oregon to find
> a chase-able Baikal Teal, but not today.
>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
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