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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 Zumwalt County Park,

Aug 2, 2018

Aug 2, was a "First Thursday" so it was anyone's guess whether other birders would show up at Campbell Center. Janet, Don and me were the only "takers". We decided to go to Zumwalt County Park on the southwest center portion of Fern Ridge Reservoir. Parking at the north end off Jeans road is now restricted to 10 or 15 minutes, so we parked on Vista at the south end. Quite a few times we heard the loud calls of a Western Grebe. Several times we noticed an adult with a fish in its bill when we heard the call, but not always. The adult Western Grebes were actively feeding their young, so Don and I both got some pretty nice photos of that going on.

There was also one pair of Pied-billed Grebes, one adult and one obvious juvenile with dark gray and white striping on its face. Based on how closely the young one followed the parent, we're pretty sure they were also feeding, with the young getting food from the parent bird.

We didn't hear nor see very many other species. Some Crows, a few species of Swallows and some Turkey Vultures. We heard a few birds making high-pitched notes in the forested area on the walk back to the parking area, but we couldn't find the birds and didn't recognize the note as being distinctive enough to ID the species.

DARK BROWN background