[birding] Luckiamute State Natural Area swallows, cornfields and trucks

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Wed Sep 26 13:47:33 PDT 2018

Hi all,

In the past couple of weeks Barn Swallows have been thick around
Luckiamute State Natural area. I don't know if they're roosting there in
numbers similar to what's been reported from the Grand Island area south
of Dayton. But there are some cornfields in nearby fields, similar to
the situation near Dayton.

Those cornfields are now being harvested for corn silage. The good news
is that the harvest operations have been happening in daytime, not at
night when swallows are roosting.

However the silage trucks are also running in and out of there pretty
fast. So if you go out there watch out especially going over the bridge
just off Buena Vista Rd.

If you know of cornfields elsewhere that are being used by migrant
swallow flocks, now could be a good time to make sure the farmers are
aware. So long as the weather stays good they'll probably stick to
harvesting at daytime. But if the forecast changes, they might decide to
hurry up the harvest.

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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