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The Orinithologists of Emerson School

On Monday, the 6th of May, i was privileged to accompany the children of Emerson School in Portland on their field trip to Smith-Bybee Lakes. Below is a brief recap and photo essay of the day.

The kids chose to study birds for the current section of their school year  — how COOL is that!  Earlier in the month they graciously hosted me for an hour at the school to put up a slide show of local birds, and hand out a list of local yard birds that was put together by  local expert,  Greg Gillson.  (Pacific NW Birder.  Use by permission fide personal communication).  Yesterday they took to the field.

I was impressed by their retention of bird facts and enthusiasm for field craft.  It was truly a pleasure to be in their company.  They have another trip planned for later in the month to Oaks Bottoms.  Unfortunately, i will be at Malheur NWR at that time so kids, if you’re reading this; remember that the most important asset out in the field is — your EARS!

Of note; i was impressed that a number of parents were in attendance as chaperones.  It was very encouraging to see their involvement with the children’s education.  Mega respect and kudos and  to them!

Thanks Olivia, Tiffany, Ariel and Maureen!  It was a blast and i am deeply honored to have been given the opportunity to share my time with the children of Emerson.

First some pictures followed by a list of birds for the day: (click on any image for a slide show presentation)

List of birds seen and/or heard:

Species Name
Canada Goose
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
American Coot
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch

Also seen, plants in flower:
Osier Dogwood
Ball-head Waterleaf
Bedstraw – that was a blast!
Yellow Flag (Water Iris — unfortunately an invasive specie)
Wild Rose
Black Cottonwood
Water Speedwell
Blue Elderberry
Buttercup sp.
Hedge Nettle

Odonata (Dragonflys an Damselflys):
Pacific Forktail
California Darner

09 april 2012 — troutdale patagonia way-side

Just another county twitch!  The local listserve lit up with news of a pair of Brewer’s Sparrows out at the Siwgert Twilight Zone.

They joined the Clay-colored Sparrow that has been in the area for some time.  Upon repeated attempts to find the CCSP i gave up, but with news of another rare county bird — i headed over as soon as i could.  It was late in the day and i didn’t give it much hope, especially when Lynn Topinka was packing up and getting ready to leave from an unsuccessful stake out this afternoon.  (she had much better luck in the morning — she was just after better pitures this afternoon)

Out wandering in the field was Bob Stites, who some moments later was doing the victory dance and waving me into the lot.  Cha-ching!  Both of the Brewer’s and the lone Clay-colored were hanging out together foraging the field for grass seed.

Here is a spot map of the location of the Sparrow’s.  The equipment is no longer there but the trailer remains.  It was just west of the trailer where i first encountered the birds.  Click on the push-pin for further details.

01 april 2012 – around the area

i spent most of the day sunday cruising the Sandy River drainage from Sandy to Marmot. along Ten-eyck rd there were Varied Thrush at a very high density, about 25 to 50 birds per mile. i drove about nine miles so that would put the number, conservatively, at 250! but other than that the only other notable bird was a Rough-legged Hawk in the Marmot flats just north of 26.

i was hoping to kick up a grouse or two — nary a peep in that dept. called it a day early, until …

got a call from Dave and Shawneen that they were sitting on a Loggerhead Shrike and a Say’s Phoebe out at the Troutdale airport. Sweet! They were still tending the birds when i got there about 10 minutes later. a couple of pictures of the LOSH can be found here and here.

and a pin map showing where i saw the birds.  this image was obviously take quite a while ago as the landscape looks quite different today.  you’ll have to open the map in another window or zoom out to see both pins

25 march 2012 – riverside parkway

Found a promising new birding location. It currently has some flooded fields that may hold shorebirds in migration depending on timing. At the end of the dead end road a private farm field can be scanned with a scope and the blackberry kack holds tons of sparrows.

I hung out for about 30 minutes. It was midday and overcast. There is a wooded area to the north that might hold some more woodland types in better conditions.

Mult. – Riverside Pkway, Multnomah, US-OR
Mar 25, 2012 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Scanned the fields and pished the blackberry kack at the east end of Riverside Pkwy
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (minima) 40
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 6
Cackling/Canada Goose 75
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 6
Killdeer 2
Mew Gull 75 Large flock foraging in the rotting pumpkin field. Looked like a pure flock but some RBGU may have been lurking in there somewhere. No pink legged gulls.
Western Scrub-Jay 2
American Crow 25
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 10
European Starling 25
Spotted Towhee 1
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 1
Song Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 35
Golden-crowned Sparrow 50
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 75
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Western Meadowlark 20
House Finch 2

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02 january 2012 — sauvie island (multnomah county)

Mult. – Sauvie Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, US-OR
Jan 2, 2012 8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     In route to the north end of the Island.
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  75
Cackling Goose  X
Canada Goose  X
Tundra Swan  16
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  6
Wild Turkey  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  11
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Bald Eagle  5
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Kestrel  4
Sandhill Crane  25
Mew Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  3
Glaucous-winged Gull  4
gull sp.  15
Northern Flicker  4
Western Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  15
Bewick’s Wren  2
American Robin  6
Varied Thrush  3
European Starling  X
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  84
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  25
Red-winged Blackbird  15

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26 december 2011 — marine drive

Broughton Beach, Multnomah, US-OR
Dec 26, 2011 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Drove Marine Drive in the vicinity of the airport and Broughton Beach.  Checked out a couple of Scaup rafts and took my wife to  look for the recurring “Snow” Bunting.
16 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Greater Scaup  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Greater/Lesser Scaup  400     Mainly rafts of LESC but a few Greater’s were in the mix.
Common Goldeneye  12
Common Merganser  6
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  14
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  2     http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883927@N08/6578215303/

Ring-billed Gull  1

Glaucous-winged Gull  2
gull sp.  6
Western Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  8
European Starling  X
Snow Bunting  1     Recurring individual that it seems to be the consensus that this bird is “mostly” a Snow Bunting with some McKay’s characteristics.  Second time i have reported it and first report was “Bunting sp.”  http://www.flickr.com/photos/30883927@N08/6578215603/
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