[birding] Luckiamute SNA south unit (Vanderpool Tract) this morning
joel.geier at peak.org
Sat Oct 28 16:54:07 PDT 2017
Participants on this morning's Luckiamute Watershed Council bird walk at
Luckiamute State Natural Area enjoyed beautiful fall weather while we
explored the south unit (Vanderpool Tract), which has a nice mix of
older oaks, ash woodland, brush, ponds, and prairie grasses. Here's my
recollection of the species that we saw, off the top of my head:
Cackling Goose (flocks flying over)
Canada Goose (one small flock)
American Wigeon (drake flying over)
Northern Shoveler (a few flying away)
Ring-necked Duck (probably -- ducks were generally flying away fast due
to hunting activity)
Killdeer -- flock flying over adjacent field, flashing white in the sun.
California Gull -- Flying north, ID by proportions and wingtip pattern.
Belted Kingfisher - heard rattling
Downy Woodpecker - male working on twigs of young oaks.
Red-breasted Sapsucker - just above a row of sap wells high in oak.
Northern Flicker - several looking spiffy in the bright sunlight
Steller's Jay - a couple sneaking around
California Scrub-Jay - a few
American Crow - half a dozen flying over
Bushtit - small flock and later a single that perched nicely
Black-capped Chickadee - here and there
White-breasted Nuthatch - a couple in big old oak
Red-breasted Nuthatch - also in big old oak, kind of surprising here.
Brown Creeper - in same big oak
Bewick's Wren - several scolding us
Pacific Wren - calling from back in the woods
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - flock of about 10 at one point
Western Bluebird - half a dozen flying to older oak with mistletoe
American Robin - calling & flying over
Varied Thrush - heard singing
American Pipit - 5 or 6 flyovers in meadow
European Starling - showing off their abilities as mimics
Yellow-rumped Warbler - a couple dozen, all or mostly Audubon's
Spotted Towhee - lots
"Sooty" Fox Sparrow - good numbers, one sang while perched 10 m away
Song Sparrow - a few singing
Lincoln's Sparrow - one seen decently well, more heard.
White-throated Sparrow - one calling that came in for middling views
Golden-crowned Sparrow - abundant, mostly hatch-year birds
White-crowned Sparrow - a couple of hatch-year birds
"Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco - feeding both low and high
Purple Finch - one female-plumaged
American Goldfinch - feeding in Queen Anne's lace, in winter plumage
Lesser Goldfinch - a few mixed in the Americans
Red-winged Blackbird - a couple singing
Brewer's Blackbird - flyover
Mammal sign included:
Coyote scat (loaded with corn),
Bobcat scat (probably, twisty-furry and full of small rodent bones),
Vole (dead, probably Gray-tailed), and
Pacific Jumping Mouse (dead, partly decomposed and scavenged).
We saw a few DRAGONFLIES but didn't get a good look at any of them.
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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