[birding] [Fwd: Census Count: Poison Oak Hill, Benton County, Oregon on April 07, 2010]

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Wed Apr 7 18:02:50 PDT 2010

Hi folks,

Today's "extended yard" birds from a mid-day stroll are listed below.
Notably the PURPLE FINCHES are starting to imitate Cassin's Vireo, which
they seem to do shortly before the real vireos show up. One was also
giving some notes that sounded like a fragment of a Hammond's Flycatcher
song (another species that'd due to show up soon, see

Happy birding,

-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: joel.birdnotes at peak.org
To: joel.birdnotes at peak.org
Subject: Census Count: Poison Oak Hill, Benton County, Oregon on April
07, 2010
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:21:51 GMT

This report was mailed for Joel Geier by http://birdnotes.net

Date: April 7, 2010
Location: Poison Oak Hill, Benton County, Oregon

Hiked up hill to forested areas. Fawn lily blooming now. Two WESTERN
GRAY SQUIRRELS climbing around in oaks & maples.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Turkey Vulture                      2
Red-tailed Hawk                     1
Rufous Hummingbird                  4 [1] 
Red-breasted Sapsucker              2 [2] 
Northern Flicker                    2
Hutton's Vireo                      2
Steller's Jay                       5
Western Scrub-Jay                   2
American Crow
Common Raven                        2
Violet-green Swallow                4
Black-capped Chickadee              4
Red-breasted Nuthatch               2
White-breasted Nuthatch             1
Bewick's Wren                       2
Winter Wren                         3
Golden-crowned Kinglet              6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                1 [3] 
Western Bluebird                    2 [4] 
American Robin                      4
Wrentit                             2 [5] 
Orange-crowned Warbler              4 [6] 
Yellow-rumped Warbler               1 [7] 
Spotted Towhee                      2
Fox Sparrow                         1 [8] 
Song Sparrow                        5
Golden-crowned Sparrow              6
Dark-eyed Junco                     8
Purple Finch                        2 [9] 
Pine Siskin                         2
Lesser Goldfinch                    1


[1]  Two males and female at feeder, plus another male up the hill.
[2]  Drumming at different heights in the same tree -- two males? One
     eventually moved off to west while the other kept his spot.
     Noticed fresh nesting/roost hole in a dead snag.
[3]  Heard singing.
[4]  Pair using nest box.
[5]  Singing
[6]  Singing, finally saw one.
[7]  Heard singing.
[8]  Sooty form, scratching in forest edge duff.
[9]  Starting to imitate Cassin's Vireo and also some Hammond's
     Flycatcher-like notes.

Total number of species seen: 32

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