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Priscilla Sokolowski

Eugene, OR

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“Birds of Oregon and General Science” (BOGS)


Bird photography

BOGS Finley Refuge,

Jan11, 2018

Our BOGS trips to Finley Refuge near Corvallis are always popular. Although the weather forecast was 90% likelihood rain with wind gusting 15-25mph, and only about a dozen to sixteen people braved the elements, the weather was only really bad for a portion of the time. We had one very hard downpour which went on for maybe 20 minutes. By the last 30 minutes of our time at Finley, it was sunny and calmer.

Raptors were abundant just about everywhere we went. Especially common were Northern Harriers. These were mostly females or juveniles, as we saw no all gray males.

McFadden Marsh always seems to live up to our expectations, providing numerous species. This time we saw several Ruddy Ducks there along with two Bald Eagles, Ring-necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Marsh Wren and other species.

Headquarters provided a close-up view of a Golden-crowned Sparrow, as well as Green-winged Teal in the pond behind the building along with several Ring-necked Ducks. Among the trees were a Steller's Jay and a California Scrub Jay. No Acorn Woodpeckers were seen or heard. While a Lewis's Woodpecker has been seen in a particular tree for some time a few days before our visit, and was reported again the day AFTER our Finley visit, and although we had sunshine when we were at the right location, we didn't see The Lewis's Woodpecker.

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Bird List compiled by Doris Wimber

Bird list for visit to Finley National Wildlife Refuge on morning of January 11, 2018. Weather was moderate to hard rainfall with clearing and some sun by late morning.

  1. Great blue heron
  2. Great egret
  3. Canada goose
  4. Cackling goose
  5. Mallard
  6. Green-winged teal
  7. American wigeon
  8. Northern pintail
  9. Northern shoveler
  10. Ring-necked duck
  11. Bufflehead
  12. Hooded merganser
  13. Ruddy duck
  14. Northern harrier
  15. Bald eagle
  16. Red-shouldered hawk
  1. Red-tailed hawk
  2. American kestrel
  3. Sharp-shinned hawk
  4. American coot
  5. Steller’s jay
  6. California scrub jay
  7. American crow
  8. Common raven
  9. Bushtit
  10. Marsh wren
  11. American robin
  12. European starling
  13. Song sparrow
  14. Golden-crowned sparrow
  15. Dark-eyed junco
  16. Red-winged blackbird
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Scroll down below the slideshow to see the Bird List compiled by Doris Wimber