Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

February 10th, 2024 Ford’s Pond Event Report

Birding Ford's Pond with spotting scopes

All 14 participants shared a glorious sunny winter day together. Five of those individuals were new to birding with us, and as always the group enjoyed sharing in their excitement. February brought the least numbers of bird species (26) and far fewer individuals, since we began these monthly trips in October, but still enough to enjoy.  March starts the beginning of the spring migration, so looking forward to seeing how many more we have next month. Mudboots were definitely again the best shoes to wear with the continuation of all our rain.

The first highlight of the day was watching an adult BALD EAGLE flying west over Ford’s Pond and then turning east and landing on the top of a hill’s tallest evergreen tree next to another Bald Eagle. The one flying was a male; the one already there was a female. They both stayed perched there for a long time.

The second highlight was seeing the male CINNAMON TEAL (also possibly a female) and the male REDHEAD.  Both we originally saw at our December field trip and again both were on the south side pond.  The Redhead continued hanging out and feeding with the Ring-necked Ducks.

Thank you to Liz Gayner and Stacy Burleigh who volunteered as co-bird leaders as well as to Marge Cooney who volunteered to be Umpqua Audubon’s greeter of information and logistics. And another thank you to participant Sam Denney who kept track of the different species we saw. See the list below.

Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck,  Accipiter, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, American Coot, Downy Woodpecker, Marsh Wren, Belted Kingfisher, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird.

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