[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Red-eyed Vireo along Riverbend Rd in W Salem (Polk Co.)

clearwater at peak.org clearwater at peak.org
Mon Jul 8 08:00:10 PDT 2019

This makes three spots along the main stem of the Willamette River with Red-eyed Vireos, so far this season. Grand Island in SE Yamhill County and Luckiamute State Natural Area in SE Polk County are the others. There have also been a bunch of reports from the Eugene/Springfield area, around the confluence of the Coast Fork and Middle Fork Willamette Rivers. 

Curiously all of these reports are on the west side of the river. 

Has anyone tried listening where there are large stands of cottonwood/maple bottomland forest along the east side of the river (Linn/Marion Co. side)? I usually stop to listen along Hwy 226 where it crosses the lower Santiam River just east of Crabtree, but traffic noise is always a problem, and this year there's some kind of construction or logging project going on in there. 

Scanning though satellite images, it looks like most of the bigger tracts of bottomland forest on the east bank lack public access, except by canoe/kayak. Bowers Rock State Park (just SE of Albany), Snag Boat Bend (annex of Finley NWR south of Peoria), Keizer Rapids, and Willamette Mission State Park might be the best options. Simpson Park in Albany (kind of forgotten by birders now that Talking Water Gardens is right across the street) could also be a good place to check. -- joel 

From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at gmail.com> 
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2019 14:03:37 -0700 
This morning I did two counts in the OR2020 square ... in Salem/Keizer. At the second one, along Riverbend Rd in West Salem, just north of the entrance to Riverbend Sand and Gravel, a RED-EYED VIREO was singing, and on the other side in a mature filbert orchard there was a CHIPPING SPARROW singing. That was an auspicious beginning to this new project 

Roy Gerig Salem OR 

Joel Geier 
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 

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