[birding] E.E. Wilson today & yesterday

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Tue Feb 3 16:43:34 PST 2009

Hello folks,

A couple of walks around E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area (south part
yesterday, north part today) turned up the usual good mix of wintering
birds. Some "mentionables" were:

11 TUNDRA SWANS flying over with one Canada Goose holding down the wing
position (3 Feb).

1 NORTHERN SHRIKE perched in the "skulker patch" in the north end of the
refuge (3 Feb) ... looked like he had a few olive & scaly-rusty feathers
clinging to his bill ;)

2 HERMIT THRUSHES seen separately (1 each day); 

1 SLATE-COLORED JUNCO (male) in the SE part of the wildlife area (2

In the signs-of-spring department: A GREAT EGRET on the canal pond was
sporting breeding plumes near a CANADA GOOSE which was hunkered down on
a nest. BEWICK'S WRENS were singing, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH pairs
were vocalizing in two different oak groves. Back home in our little
prairie restoration, the Western Meadowrue is putting up its fiddlehead-
like sprouts.

Happy birding,

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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