[birding] Coffin Butte Landfill this evening

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Sun Nov 25 17:08:12 PST 2007

Hi folks,

I made another stop by the landfill this evening at around 4 PM, on my
way home from getting more plumbing supplies.

I did not see any adult gulls at this time but did see a dozen first-
year pink-foots (Herring and/or Thayer's Gulls) come down to land on the
remedial wetland pond by the entrance to the landfill. Two other
immature gulls were flying high & off toward the southeast just as I
arrived. The landfill itself seemed to be dead (not counting crows and

One out-of-season surprise was a male CINNAMON TEAL that flew in to land
beside the RING-NECKED DUCKS on the pond, then socialized a bit with a
solitary female GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A GREAT EGRET was also there.

Eight WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were perched on the wires west of the landfill
headquarters (Jamie, this morning's reported "gull roosting spot" is off
in that direction along the dead-end road that is left after the county
abandoned the old bridge over Soap Creek; it's a field that is all torn
up as part of the new remedial wetland that Valley Landfills Inc. is
putting in). A good-sized flock of AMERICAN ROBINS (50+) were hanging
out there too.

Happy birding,

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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