May 6–12, 2018

Company Lake; Troutdale, Oregon; May 6, 2018

New Birds:
House Wren
Spotted Sandpiper
Bullock’s Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird

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Brown-headed Cowbirds; Company Lake; Troutdale, Oregon; May 6, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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House Wren; Company Lake; Troutdale, Oregon; May 6, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Killdeer; Company Lake; Troutdale, Oregon; May 6, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

Jackson-Frazier Wetlands; Corvallis, Oregon; May 7, 2018

New Birds:
Virginia Rail

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge; Benton County, Oregon; May 12, 2018

New Birds:
Band-tailed Pigeon
Western Wood-Pewee
Cliff Swallow
Swainson’s Thrush
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager

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Savannah Sparrow: William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge; Benton County, Oregon; May 12, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

New Birds for 2018: 11
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 167

 

May 5, 2018

Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018

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Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Northern Flicker (female); Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Orange-crowned Warbler; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Orange-crowned Warbler, with the not-so-often-seen orange crown; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

 

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Bald Eagle; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Wood Thrush (me); Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Clint Burfitt.

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A shy Bushtit; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Phyciodes mylitta; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Savannah Sparrow; canola field north of Corvallis, May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 156

 

January 13, 2018

One of the reasons why I’ve always loved birding is that it essentially brings me to some of my favourite places, namely forests and wetlands. This is also a fair assumption by folks who find out you’re a birder:

birder = a person who spends time outdoors in beautiful, natural places looking for birds

While this is often the case, on Saturday, January 13, I headed out to one of my area’s seriously birdy Hot Spots: the Philomath Sewage Ponds.

The Philomath Sewage Ponds are just south of the town of Philomath. They comprise three lagoon cells (i.e., ponds). After passing through the facility’s headworks, raw sewage is stored in these three ponds, which are designed to kick-off the treatment of raw sewage by “storage under conditions that favor natural biological treatment and accompanying bacterial reduction.”1 The water from these ponds is treated further when it is eventually pumped to what’s called a chlorine contact chamber. Eventually it is either discharged to the Mary’s River or is used for irrigation, depending on the season.

Anyway, these sewage ponds did not let me down. I found myself going from pond to pond, as if I were opening up Christmas gifts of birds to myself. After feeling pretty comfortable with the ponds, I moved onto the adjacent shrubby-wooded area to the south of the ponds where I saw a new-to-2018 species and lifer, a Black Phoebe.

Breaking the rest down for you here:

Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
*Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
*Black Phoebe (lifer!)
American Crow
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
*Savannah Sparrow

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Black Pheobe; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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Black Pheobe; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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Northern Shoveler; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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Northern Shovelers; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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Red-tailed Hawk; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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Savannah Sparrow; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

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American Kestrel; Philomath Sewage Ponds; January 13, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt

*New Birds for 2018: 3 species
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 60 species (this includes two additional 2018 species I saw earlier in the week on January 10—*Gadwall and *Green Heron—both of which were at the Koll Center Wetlands Park near my eye doctor in Beaverton, Oregon. I stopped there for a few minutes before I went back to work).

  1. Westech Engineering, Inc. 2017. Wastewater System Facilities Plan. Philomath, Oregon. Available at: http://www.ci.philomath.or.us/vertical/sites/%7B2CFF016E-1592-4DB3-9E2B-444FA3EFC736%7D/uploads/PhilomathFacilitiesPlanV3.pdf