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Birds of Oregon and General Science, (BOGS) in association with Eugene's Celeste Campbell Center
BOGS Clearwater Landing,
April 23, 2015, Trip Report
Just for fun, I made a google map of our Clearwater Landing bird walk. My thanks to Mary Morrison for capturing the gps coordinates of the birds we saw as we went along the trail. (She used an app on my iPhone called "Birdwatcher"). For most of our trips a map like this would not be all that useful or important. Clearwater Landing is about the only place large enough that a map would be of interest if there was an especially uncommon bird that others would want to go and see.
All of the photos which are especially good can be seen by clicking on their icons on the map above, so I am only duplicating a few of them in this text portion of the trip report below.
The weather was great for walking. We had only the slightest of sprinkles a few times over the nearly three hours that we were there. We didn't return to Campbell Center until 12:30, which is later than usual. There was a point where Steve's "8 more minutes" evolved into about 20. A few of us sat out that stretch on a nice bench right near the bank of the middle fork of the Willamette river. The river was running shallow over rocks and we all enjoyed the so-called "white noise".
We had about a dozen people at Campbell when arranging car pooling. The other twenty six who went on this excursion filled up the parking lot at Clearwater Landing and were waiting for us when we arrived. Yes, we had 38 bird-watchers on this walk! I think we did fine though. Clearwater is a forgiving place in the sense that (especially) at this time of year, the birds are very active and did not seem terribly disturbed by our presence. The exception might have been the fledgeling Great Horned Owl we saw flying to a perch further away from us. If it wasn't already nervous about the herd of humans moving along the bike path, it probably was after hearing the very enthusiastic vocalizations made by our group when it was spotted flying. I found out that Floyd's Willamalane class had seen this Owl the Friday before and had some very good looks at it. I included one photo taken on that occasion by Don Laufer, in the map above. I'll include it here also.
During the previous week, I had gone to the Wild Birds store and Donna had told me she had seen her first Lincoln's Sparrow. I told her I had never identified one. We had three opportunities to enjoy Lincolns' Sparrows on this bird walk, so for me this bird was the highlight of the day. The Lincoln's Sparrow is one of several birds which have been reported more on OBOL this Spring than I recall in the past.
Another bird in this group is the Calliope Hummingbird. We did not see one on this walk, but again, Donna had one at her bird feeder for the first time, just this week. Chipping Sparrows and Red Crossbills have also been seen throughout the valley in the last two weeks. We did see Red Crossbills on our recent Alton Baker walk. When I get that album and trip report online, you will see a pretty good photo of the Crossbill taken by Don.
Near the end of our walk, just before arriving at the parking lot, a group of noisy birds was seen in a tree top up ahead of us a few hundred feet. These turned out to be Evening Grossbeaks and from my experience they are always in flocks and always very loud. This is one of those birds which is seen frequently by some people, especially in the South Hills, I think, while some of us never seem to see them around town at all. The last time I saw Evening Grossbeaks was two years ago on the Lakeview trip by Floyd's Willamalane class. We saw a lot of them in the small oasis town of Plush. I used to see them a lot when camping in Ontario Canada, nearly a half century ago.
Bird list for walk at Clearater Landing in East Springfield, April 23, 2015.
The weather was cool and cloudy, with some short, light showers.
--- bird list and gps coordinates compiled by Mary Morrison using "Birdwatcher" app for iPhone.
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