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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
Osprey
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:
Lupine
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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19 november 2011 — chinook landing

Chinook Landing, Multnomah, US-OR
Nov 19, 2011 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Walked the shoreline and the parking area tree line as well as the entrance road to scope the inner ponds.
30 species (+2 other taxa)

Cackling/Canada Goose  X     Several flyover flocks crossing the river in both directions
Mallard  6
Green-winged Teal  6
Bufflehead  2
Common Merganser  10
Horned Grebe  2     Cruising just off shore in and around the pilings
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
gull sp.  15     All flying out over the river.  No attempt was made to ID them.
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Western Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Brown Creeper  2
Bewick’s Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  11
American Robin  125     Large concentration feeding on some fruit bearing trees in the area.
European Starling  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Townsend’s Warbler  6
Song Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  13
Golden-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  25
House Finch  6
Lesser Goldfinch  12
American Goldfinch  25

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19 november 2011 — broughton beach

Broughton Beach, Multnomah, US-OR
Nov 19, 2011 7:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Walked the strand in the early morning hoping to flush the Short-eared Owl(s) that have been seen recently.
18 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Black Swan  1     Of unknown provenance, but presumably the same individual that was seen last year and believed to be an escaped bird.
Greater/Lesser Scaup  500     Several large rafts seen up river as i drove into the parking area.  No pullouts are available for close sightings.  But could be scoped from the second set of pilings up on the path to ensure Scaup.  Most looked to be Lesser but there could of been some Greaters in there with them.
White-winged Scoter  3     Three individuals, one male, seen off the first set of pilings.   They were preening and the white secondaries on all three birds, and on one bird the pale under wings, were seen.
Bufflehead  3
Common Loon  4     Four individuals seen feeding in the area just off-shore between the boat launch and the first set of pilings.
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  3
American Kestrel  1
Mew Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)  X     presumably WExGW but could be HERxGW as well.
Glaucous-winged Gull  X
gull sp.  50     Large mixed flock on the sandbar down stream of the second set of pilings.  I did not do a species by species count and only noted species present.
Mourning Dove  6
American Crow  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Pipit  10
Song Sparrow  2
Western Meadowlark  20     In the field just west of the parking area.
House Finch  8

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12 november 2011 — sauvie island (multnomah co.)

Sauvie Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, US-OR
Nov 12, 2011 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     A rainy day at the start had me headed out to Sauvie Island thinking birding from the car would be the way to go.  By the time i got there the rain had stopped and allowed for a tour around Wapato, a drive out the dike through both counties and then down Reeder and Rentenaar Roads.  The Snow Geese are back!
44 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (occidentalis/fulva)  7     One presumed family group on Virginia Lake.
Cackling/Canada Goose  X     Way too many geese to count today.  Most landed flocks were Ridgeway’s.
American Wigeon  15
Mallard  91
Northern Shoveler  24
Northern Pintail  20
Green-winged Teal  40
Ring-necked Duck  13
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  5     In the channel.
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Kestrel  3
Sandhill Crane  172
Ring-billed Gull  8
California Gull  4
Thayer’s Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  2
gull sp.  12     Unidentified first year birds and birds on the wing too far away for id.
Mourning Dove  20
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  2
Steller’s Jay  6
Western Scrub-Jay  11
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  27
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick’s Wren  8
Pacific Wren  6
Marsh Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  47     multiple flocks “pished” in at the boat ramp and the Wapato loop.  The trees were “dripping” with RCKI’s!
American Robin  17
European Starling  X
Spotted Towhee  9
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)  1
Song Sparrow  24
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  27
Red-winged Blackbird  X     multiple mixed flocks of RWBL, BRBL, and EUST — not counted
Brewer’s Blackbird  X
House Finch  3

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