Subject: Columbia Estuary Report - 01/02/2000 Date: Jan 2 15:52:32 2000 From: Mike Patterson - celata at pacifier.com
Columbia Estuary Report - 1/2/2000
It's been cold and showery the past few days on the estuary over the past several days. Todd Thornton and I made a morning sweep on New Year's Day. In between rain showers we managed to find 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, one at the Astoria Sewage Ponds and one at Clover Ln.
MERLINS are popping up all over. I saw two on the Wahkiakum Count (12/29/1999) one of which was nearly black the other a very light phased individual. Todd and I saw an intermediate phase at SJCR and a dark sub-adult at the KOA Camp ground near Hammond. Couple this with the strange disappearance of most of the local PEREGRINES (probably associated with the lack of duck activity) and one has a a topsy-turvey winter a'brewin'.
The unsettled weather has produced some good updrafts and the BALD EAGLES are taking advantage of them. Three were going for hang time records over the Dairy Queen in Astoria while a 4th watched from the pilings in Youngs Bay. Two were beginning courtship dances over the Waluski River (I saw one carrying nest material near Ft Clatsop 12/19).
At least 2 ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS are coming to Bucky Barnett's feeder in down town Astoria.
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