[midvalleybirds] SAS Ankeny NWR Scouting Trip Report

Mike Unger unger730 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 10:08:11 PST 2019


*SAS ANKENY SCOUTING TRIP REPORT*

*SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019*



*HELLO ALL BIRDERS:*



Ankeny was cool and blustery around all the pullout spots on this scout day
of Sunday, January 6, 2019.  The wind helped the temperature feel about 10
degrees colder. The waters at Eagle were low, and not so much at Pintail.
No swans, and ducks were generally dispersed around the refuge. Knowing I
would have no companions my choice of travel was counter clockwise from
the Acorn Woodpecker corner. Grassy wet fields were worthwhile for search.
I found the EURASIAN WIGEON at Eagle Marsh and happy Montana Birders got a
lifer. Passerines were down all around with the wind. What is sustaining
many birds are the number of ground apples and lichen drawing insects. A
great deal of brush, blackberry hedges, and shrubby protection has been
removed in surprising spots, around the refuge, drawing passerines to
gravel trails and driveways.



*INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS:*



Arriving at the first stop near the Crystal Springs Ranch, ACORN
WOODPECKERS and passerines were surprisingly vocal* initially.* Another
spot for these birds was the oak stand at Buena Vista and Wintel. Remember
to respect all private properties unless there is an appointment in place;
birders can walk the roads, and please acknowledge/wave to owners when
present for which they show appreciation.



Photographers were gathered in excitement at Pintail Marsh Parking with
motors going for warmth and long lenses out windows. 10 BALD EAGLES(3 in
the trees) with 7 on a carcass that could not be determined, caused lots of
attention toward the farthest marsh shore.



At Willow parking there was a small flock of 141 NORTHERN PINTAIL and a
cheerful flyover of resounding 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.


But the awesome raft of these ducks was from an eastern Wintel pullout with
more than 3000, probably underestimated, due to deep mud furrows. This is
the same location we have seen swans forage for deep roots that require
them to immerse their heads entirely into mud.



Finally, at Pintail Marsh my adventure of getting in and out of my
vehicle(blustery, watch your door wind) with scope multiple times to verify
*2* RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was successful. One bird, being the darker, streaky
younger bird with weird posture due to the wind near the RR crossing, and
the other, an adult, perched unnoticed by anyone in the parking lot-two
distinct locations-until on the road at the driveway. Eventually, the adult
moved toward the woodland stand at the Pintail Boardwalk.In flight its
white upper wing crescents were well seen. A father with two small kids,
who could barely see out the blind, and then with my binocs, nailed the
distant perched adult, bringing joy when it again vocalized. Additionally
the BLACK PHOEBE at the Pintail Boardwalk Blind was nice. No refind on the
Swamp Sparrow seen on prior scouts.


Barbara Dolan



*HERE IS THE LIST OF STOPS AND SPECIES OF THE MORNING:*

Number of Checklists: 10
Number of Taxa: 46
*Checklists included in this summary:*
(1): Ankeny NWR--corner of Ankeny Hill and Buena Vista Rds
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 7:45 AM
(2): US-OR-Salem-Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge - 44.8025x-123.0717
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 8:33 AM
(3): Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Salem US-OR (44.7983,-123.0803)
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 8:43 AM
(4): Ankeny NWR--Eagle Marsh
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 8:57 AM
(5): US-OR-Jefferson-2252-2580 Buena Vista Rd S - 44.7932x-123.0902
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 9:39 AM
(6): US-OR-Jefferson-3904 Buena Vista Rd S - 44.7818x-123.1121
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 10:06 AM
(7): US-OR-Jefferson-3023-3205 Wintel Rd S - 44.7779x-123.0957
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 10:22 AM
(8): Ankeny NWR--Pintail Marsh
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 10:48 AM
(9): Ankeny NWR Pintail Boardwalk
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 11:54 AM
(10): Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson US-OR (44.7719,-123.0676)
Date: Jan 6, 2019 at 12:43 PM



*SPECIES OBSERVED AND HEARD:*

9000 Cackling Goose (minima) -- (1),(2),(3)
4 Canada Goose -- (3)
77 Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) -- (1),(4)
52 Northern Shoveler -- (2),(4)
1 Eurasian Wigeon -- (4)
570 American Wigeon -- (2),(4),(10)
760 Mallard -- (2),(3),(4),(8),(10)
3540 Northern Pintail -- (3),(7),(8),(10)
263 Green-winged Teal -- (2),(3),(4),(8)
3 Lesser Scaup -- (8)
12 Bufflehead -- (8)
6 Ruddy Duck -- (8)
1 American Coot -- (8)
2 Killdeer -- (1)
100 Dunlin -- (2)
95 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (4)
1 Greater Yellowlegs -- (8)
1 Great Egret -- (8)
12 Bald Eagle -- (4),(5),(7),(8)
2 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (8)
5 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(4),(5),(7),(8)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (9)
5 Acorn Woodpecker -- (1),(6)
3 Northern Flicker -- (1),(2),(3)
2 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) -- (4)
1 American Kestrel -- (4)
1 Black Phoebe -- (9)
5 California Scrub-Jay -- (1),(8)
2 American Crow -- (1)
2 Black-capped Chickadee -- (9)
5 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1),(6)
3 Brown Creeper -- (9)
3 Bewick's Wren -- (1),(2)
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (1)
25 American Robin -- (1)
70 European Starling -- (1),(6)
2 American Pipit -- (7)
6 House Finch -- (6)
2 American Goldfinch -- (6)
30 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) -- (1),(4),(6)
1 White-crowned Sparrow -- (7)
25 Golden-crowned Sparrow -- (1),(4)
3 Song Sparrow -- (8),(10)
4 Spotted Towhee -- (1),(2)
8 Red-winged Blackbird -- (3),(4)
40 Brewer's Blackbird -- (2)



*UPCOMING EVENTS;*



The *SAS Ankeny Field Trip *will be Sunday, January 13, 8:00 AM, meeting at
Pintail Marsh Parking. Join us if you can.



Come to SAS* BIRDERS NIGHT,* Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 PM, for Photo
Night, a PHOTO presentation on birding experiences.



The upcoming education opportunity by Mike Unger, is on *Raptor ID*, on
Saturday, January 19, at the ODFW office 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.



Thanks for joining us,

Barbara Dolan


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