Friday, February 19, 2010

Jackson Bottom birds: February 13-19, 2010

Northern ShrikeNorthern Shrike, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, Oregon on 17 February 2010 by Greg Gillson.


A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been reported off-and-on in the back prairie of Jackson Bottom since November. I finally got a good view this week... and a photo (above)!

A bright male COMMON GOLDENEYE was present mid-week. It was also very photogenic, and like the shrike, rather unusual at Jackson Bottom. A PEREGRINE FALCON put in a showing. It may be the same pale bluish bird that was spotted two weeks ago.

The first TREE SWALLOW of the year was found early the week. Four were reported by week's end. In contrast, the Red-shoulded Hawk and White-throated Sparrow, present since November or earlier, have not been seen in about 10 days. Have they departed? Perhaps.

Due to lower water levels, inviting weather, Rick Balazs's bird surveys, and the first of some spring migrants, we have 73 bird species recorded for Jackson Bottom this week.

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow