[birding] Benton County "Five Chicken Day"; Prairie Peak Cassin's Finch (Lane Co.)

Hendrik Herlyn hhactitis at gmail.com
Thu Oct 9 14:49:12 PDT 2014

Hello folks,

Oscar and I explored the rarely birded Prairie Peak on the Benton/Lane
county line this morning, and in the process ended up with 5 species of
gallinaceous birds on our day's list:

1. California Quail - one adult with about 10 chicks on SW 53rd Street (S
of Corvallis)
2. Wild Turkey - 9 birds in a yard along Dawson Road (W of Bellfountain)
3. Ruffed Grouse - flushed one along Miller Road (NE of Alsea Falls)
4. Mountain Quail - a covey of 8 on Miller Road (2 minutes after the Ruffed
Grouse!), another 4 on Prairie Peak
5. Sooty Grouse - 2 birds on Prairie Peak (one in Benton County, the other
on the Lane County side)

The only thing missing for a County Chicken Grand Slam was a Ring-necked

Other than the chickens, birding was rather slow on the peak. Highlights
included one CASSIN'S FINCH (Lane County side), 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2
AMERICAN PIPITS on the summit road, and one COOPER'S HAWK.

Even on a slow day, this mountain is worth a visit, and the formerly almost
impassable road to the summit has been vastly improved (still a long and
winding drive to get up there, but the place has great potential!).

Happy exploring

Hendrik & Oscar.

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*

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