[birding] Caspian Tern, Benton Co

MARCIA CUTLER marciafcutler at comcast.net
Sat Jul 29 20:37:25 PDT 2006


When anyone checks EE Wilson for shorebirds, they should also check Toketie Marsh.  The part of the marsh just east of the gate sometimes hosts some nice shorebirds, tho never very many.

Marcia F. Cutler
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Fontaine, Joe 
  To: list at midvalleybirding.org 
  Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 10:04 AM
  Subject: [birding] Caspian Tern, Benton Co


  Hi All,

  As of 0940 there was an adult CASPIAN TERN at the Knoll Terrace Sewage Ponds (directions below).  The bird was doing laps around the back pond for the 10 minutes I was there.  

  Also, I checked out EE Wilson for a bit this morning.  No Purple Martins anywhere  but here are a couple of birds I saw:
  GREEN HERON 1
  WILLOW FLYCATCHER 1
  COOPER'S HAWK 1 imm

  No shorebirds anywhere.  If anyone has some insight into potential shorebird habitat in the country, I'd be interested in knowing about it.  The usual spots (Finley, Philomath STP, EE Wilson, Monroe STP, Knoll Terrace STP) are all pretty lame right now.  Cabell Marsh looks like it might be good in another few weeks but that's about it so far as I know.

  Directions:
  Elliot Circle is north of town off of 99W.  Head N out of town on 99W, turn right onto Elliot Circle by the Mary's River Lumber Co.  Follow Elliot Circle around until you see the Knoll Terrace mobile home park.  Turn right into it and wind your way to the back (over copious speed bumps).  The sewage ponds are behind a gate but you can see everything you need to from the gate.

  Good Birding,
  Joe

  Joe Fontaine
  Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife
  105 Nash Hall
  Oregon State University
  Corvallis, OR 97331
  joe.fontaine at oregonstate.edu



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