[birding] Luckiamute SNA south unit (Vanderpool Tract) this morning

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Sat Oct 28 16:54:07 PDT 2017

Hi all,

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.

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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