Tag Archives: Sauvie Island

Purple Martins

I always enjoy checking out the Purple Martin houses behind a home on Sauvie Island.  These large swallows are one of the more popular yard birds in the eastern U.S. , but the species is much less common in the … Continue reading

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Sparrows

I am revving up for my Little Brown Birds class next month, so I spent some time with the sparrow flocks on Sauvie Island (Birding Oregon p.57). A walk down Rentenaar Road revealed five species, three of which sat still … Continue reading

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Autumn Movements

With the autumnal equinox this week, we are seeing migrants returning to the Willamette Valley. The first flocks of Cackling Geese have arrived along with good numbers of Greater White-fronted Geese. The brambles are once again hosting Golden-crowned Sparrows. Sandhill … Continue reading

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Oak Island

I am helping with a series of point counts on the Oak Island section of Sauvie Island (Birding Oregon p.56). The goal is to gather baseline information on bird species using this area before habitat restoration work begins. The habitat … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island

Migration has wound down by now, and the summer breeders are out in force. Here are a few birds I found on Sauvie Island this morning. Savannah Sparrows can be heard at the edges of all the pastures. Rufous Hummingbird … Continue reading

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Sauvie Island

Some lovely weather at last. I walked along Rentenaar Road on Sauvie Island today. Many of the geese have moved on, but there were still a few good flocks of Cackling Geese and Sandhill Cranes. A pair of Ospreys are … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes

Last Friday I went to Sauvie Island to scout out locations for my class field trip on Saturday. The birding was great, not only for sparrows (which was the topic of the class) but for other birds as well. Along … Continue reading

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