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Field Guide to Birding Columbia County (Oregon)

This is the fifth installment of the “Field Guide”.  It is an account of one of the three sites found in proximity to the town of Scappoose; the area around the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP).

This guide will be published in a series of installments:
Overview of Columbia County (5/9/14 post)
Habitats of Columbia County (5/9/14 post)
Birds of Columbia County – Overview (5/9/14 post)
Birding Sites of Columbia County – Individual installments, and associated Bird Lists of the Sites in Columbia County:
Introduction (5/12/14 post)

Columbia River Sites – South to North
Sauvie Island (5/12/14 post)
Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond (5/14/14 post)

(A link to a downloadable copy of this guide is found in the first installment of this series)

Columbia River Birding Areas

2) Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond:

Location/Directions: (45.752803, -122.857377) A parking area is located next to a pretty useless observation platform 1.0 miles east of Hwy 30 on Columbia Ave.

Habitat and Birds: The pond to the north is marshier than Kessi pond to the south. It tends to hold a different set of birds. This area is good for Ducks, Geese and Swans in the winter, and Green Herons are regular in the spring. Rarities include Black Pheobe and American Tree Sparrow. The area is pretty good for migrant and breeding passerines in the willows and cottonwoods along the road. The Cottonwoods have hosted all of the local woodpeckers. Kessi pond is getting harder to scan as vegetation grows in along the road. Great Horned Owls have nested in the woods to the north.  Obviously any couple of acres that can produce over a hundred different species is worth the stop.

2) Scappoose WTP and Kessi Pond (eHS) – 108 species ( 5/12/2014)

Cackling Goose Canada Goose Tundra Swan
Wood Duck Gadwall Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon Mallard Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal
Canvasback Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Green Heron Turkey Vulture
Osprey Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk Bald Eagle Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail American Coot Sandhill Crane
Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson’s Snipe Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon Band-tailed Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove Vaux’s Swift Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow Cliff Swallow Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Bushtit Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren Bewick’s Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Swainson’s Thrush Hermit Thrush
American Robin Varied Thrush European Starling
Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler Wilson’s Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee American Tree Sparrow Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird Brewer’s Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole House Finch Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch Evening Grosbeak House Sparrow