Saturday, April 23, 2011

Jackson-Frazier Wetland

Yesterday afternoon we got in a little birding at the Jackson-Frazier Wetland on the north-end of Corvallis.  The great feature here is a three-quarter mile board-walk that takes you through the wetland just above the water level.  We saw literally hundreds of birds, but not a lot of diversity so we only ended up with 14 species. The most prolific were the swooping Violet-green Swallows.   The most interesting were Mallards. We saw two hens with tiny chicks in two different locations.  They were well camouflaged in the marsh grasses.  We also spotted a lone drake, hiding out in a thicket in deeper water.  Our largest effort went into identifying some Yellow Warblers, discarding possibilities of Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, and female Common Yellowthroat.

Correction:  After further study, I have reconsidered and now feel confident we saw Orange-crowned Warbler not Yellow Warbler.

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