I spent both days of the weekend prowling around in the Scappoose Bottoms, spending most of the allotted time along the Crown Z trail.
But the city Water Works is always worth a visit. Dowitchers, G. Yellowlegs, and Snipes were present both days as was a lone coyote skulking along the edge of the southern pond. On Sunday there was a huge chicklet flock in the willows and cottonwoods.
Cackling Geese are fully entrenched for the winter, but many ducks have yet to arrive on the Crown Z ponds. A. Widgeons and GW Teals were the dominant ducks with a lone Pintail and Cinnamon Teal in the mix. Still waiting for the season’s first Buffleheads. A large flock of Ring-billed Gulls with a lone pair of California Gulls were in the field at the intersection of Dike Rd and Columbia Rd. And a Red-shouldered Hawk put in a showing on Sunday.
Out on the Honeyman loop not much was happening except for a juvenile N. Shrike, around 20 Great Egrets, and a Peregrine Falcon. There was a huge, 1000+, flock of mixed blackbirds and Starling that had at least a couple of Brown-headed Cowbirds in the mix.
With the addition of the Red-shouldered Hawk, the P. Falcon the the Shrike patch totals have crossed the century mark!
There were still some late bloomers here and there — mostly invasive. A new plant for me was Weasel’s Snout, or Lesser Snapdragon. A member of the re-organized Scroph family.
Level IV: (3a) Portland/Vancouver Basin