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Priscilla Sokolowski

Eugene, OR

Photos from personal trips  AND trips with

“Birds of Oregon and General Science” (BOGS)


Bird photography

BOGS Fern Ridge

Nov 9, 2017

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Scroll WAY DOWN below the Fern Ridge BIRD LIST to see the extensive Nov 30 Delta Ponds (Goodpasture Island) slideshow.
(The photos for the Nov. 9 BOGS trip seem to have vanished from this page. I am searching for the originals so I can replace these lost pictures)

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Bird List compiled by Doris Wimber

Bird list for walk at Fern Ridge Reservoir and acorn woodpecker woods, November 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Weather was dry, mostly sunny with a cool breeze. There were more decoys than ducks on the ponds this morning, list is therefore short.

  1. White pelican
  2. Great blue heron
  3. Great egret
  4. Canada goose
  5. Cackling goose
  6. Common merganser
  7. Turkey vulture
  8. Northern harrier
  9. Red-tailed hawk
  10. Bald eagle
  11. American coot
  12. Dunlin
  1. Gull, unidentified
  2. Eurasian collared doves
    (on wires on Royal Ave.)
  3. Mourning dove
  4. Anna’s hummingbird (at woodpecker stop)
  5. Acorn woodpecker
  6. Northern flicker
  7. American crow
  8. Marsh wren
  9. European starling
  10. Song sparrow
  11. Dark-eyed junco (at woodpecker stop)
  12. Red-winged blackbird
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Trip Summary written by Don Laufer

The day started out with rain showers moving off to the northeast. The sky would soon clear to broken clouds and large patches of blue sky overhead with dark threatening clouds to the south and west. On the way to Fern Ridge, while passing Meadowlark Prairie, we were escorted by a Belted Kingfisher which kept pace with us on the north side of Royal Ave. for a couple of hundred yards.

A majority of the approximately two dozen people in attendance met us at the parking lot. There was a notable absence of song birds in the brushy area near the parking lot. We saw a Mourning Dove and also a sparrow on the Royal Ave. extension but it was too far away for a positive ID. The same for a hawk that was roosting in a snag to the north but some felt that it looked like a Red-shouldered.

We soon saw both male and female Harriers flying low over the marshy areas to the north. The dearth of nearby birds continued as we approached the viewing platform. There were a few American Coots in the first pond and near the viewing platform we briefly saw a female Common Merganser. There were a number of hunters active in the area and the decoys far outnumbered the real waterfowl. Marsh Wrens could be heard but not seen in the grasses and several Red-winged Blackbirds of both sexes came by.

Great Egrets could be seen in the far distance and a flock of Dunlin were observed putting on a show in the mud flats near the Purple Martin nest boxes. Two groups of White Pelicans could also be seen flying in the far distance.

As we proceeded along the dike to the south of the viewing platform a large flock of Canada Geese, both Westerns and Cackling, took off from the fields near Fisher Butte. An immature Bald Eagle was soon observed flying through the geese, closely followed by a Great Egret which made close passes at the eagle several times. Several people remarked that they'd never seen an egret behave that way.

A Great Blue Heron was observed on the edge of one of the islands and a couple of Marsh Wrens appeared to be having a very vocal dispute in the grass next to the path but we could only get quick glances at them as they flew away. As we returned to the parking lot a Red-tailed Hawk and the Harriers were seen in the distance.

We stopped briefly at the tree on Royal Ave. where a pair of Lewis Woodpeckers were seen recently but the only birds there appeared to be Starlings. We stopped again at the oak grove with the colony of Acorn Woodpeckers and a few of them were observed far back in the trees. There were also Northern Flickers and Dark-eyed Juncos on both sides of the road.

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Scroll down below this bird list to see the Delta Ponds slideshow.

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Bird List compiled by Doris Wimber

Bird list for walk at the Goodpasture Island Rd. Delta Ponds, on November 30, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11:30. The weather was cloudy, dry and cool.

  1. Pied-billed grebe
  2. Double-crested cormorant
  3. Great blue heron
  4. Great egret
  5. Canada goose
  6. Wood duck
  7. Mallard
  8. Green-winged teal
  9. Gadwall
  10. American wigeon
  11. Northern shoveler
  12. Ring-necked duck
  13. Bufflehead
  14. Red-tailed hawk
  15. Bald eagle
  16. American coot
  17. Gull, unidentified
  1. Belted kingfisher
  2. Northern flicker
  3. California scrub-jay
  4. American crow
  5. Black-capped chickadee
  6. Bewick’s wren (heard)
  7. Ruby-crowned kinglet
  8. American robin
  9. European starling
  10. Yellow-rumped warbler
  11. Song sparrow
  12. Lincoln sparrow
  13. Fox sparrow
  14. Golden-crowned sparrow
  15. Dark-eyed junco
  16. Pine siskin
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BOGS Delta Ponds (Goodpasture Is)

Nov 30, 2017