Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jackson Bottom birds: December 14-18, 2009

The previous week of subfreezing weather in Hillsboro, Oregon, gave way to rain and highs to 50 degrees F. The Tualatin River began backing up Jackson Slough and filling the wetlands.

Ducks came back to the thawed ponds, with many RING-NECKED DUCKS and LESSER SCAUPS on Pintail Pond.

A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was found, a rare visitor that has been seen off and on for 3 weeks now near the Education Center. The male Anna's Hummingbird has not been seen since the freeze, but might still be around the bioswales in front of the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Education Center or the Cleanwater Services building next door.

COOPER'S and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS have been reported regularly. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK remains from earlier in the fall. A PEREGINE FALCON put in a showing during the week. Bird feeders have been put in and they are attracting many birds now.

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

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