Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jackson Bottom birds: July 2-8, 2010

Barn SwallowBarn Swallow chicks at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, Oregon on 7 July 2010 by Greg Gillson.


It's been a hot week at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro, Oregon. Water levels are dropping.

Breeding season is in full swing with spotted juvenile AMERICAN ROBINS obvious throughout the riparian areas.

Some signs of fall migration this week included a GREAT EGRET and a couple of LEAST SANDPIPERS.

Otherwise, it has been rather quiet--at least in regard to any new or exciting bird sightings. The best birding is 6-8 am, before most people arrive. In this heat the birds quiet down quickly as the sun rises higher in the sky. As a result, this week's list of reported birds is much shorter than usual.

Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Ring-necked Pheasant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Scrub-Jay
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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