[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Mountain Quail calling in McMinnville, Baskett Slough shrike and euro-ducks

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Fri Mar 20 07:20:14 PDT 2020

From: Pamela Johnston < shovzan at gmail.com > 
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:25:47 -0700 
Subject: [obol] Vernal equinox in Yamhill Co 

Today I saw some more Violet-green Swallows, first in Greater Dayton, then 
at home outside McMinnville when they came to my yard to check the nest 
boxes. The calendar may shift the date of the equinox, but the swallows 
still come around the first day of spring. When they will nest is another 
Yesterday morning when I went out about 7 I heard a few calls of Mountain 
Quail coming from north of the house. The previous morning a Great-horned 
Owl flew over. A Steller's Jay gave a Red-tailed Hawk scream; the owl 
continued on its course. 

These are benefits of subscribing to a daily newspaper and taking a morning 
walk to bring it to the house. 

Pamela Johnston 

From: Tim Shelmerdine < tim.spanish.guide at gmail.com > 
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:08:14 -0700 
Subject: [obol] Baskett Slough on Wed , 3/18 

Hello, all. 
I needed to get out of the house, and spent about three hours at Baskett 
Slough NWR yesterday , March 18 . It was a beautiful afternoon, and I enjoyed 
the birds. I enjoyed sorting through sparrows, although I did not come up 
with a lot of variety in species, and of course reveled in the waterfowl. 
Best birds were a NORTHERN SHRIKE on Farmer Rd (not unusual in the area, 
but my FOY), beautiful Cinnamon Teal at several locations, a male EURASIAN 
WIGEON (also not unexpected, but again FOY), and a male EURASIAN 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a subspecies I have not seen in the U.S. in a number of 
years, and the first one I have not seen after a chase. I would not be 
surprised if this bird was previously reported by others, but as I was 
unaware of its presence, it was still an enjoyable personal experience. 
Stay healthy and keep birding, everyone! 

Joel Geier 
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 

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