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Date:  March 27, 2013

Location  1st Elkton Bird Walk

Where:  Elkton, Oregon


 Today was the first of a weekly bird walk I am starting to lead here in Elkton. Elkton is a small town, with less than 200 people, so I wasn't sure how many people would show up particularly on a rainy day, but nine enthusiastic people showed up.

We started at the city's park, the Alfred S. Tyson Park on the banks of the Umpqua River. Right away from the parking lot we spotted Violet-green Swallows, American Robins, Mallards, Dark-eyed Juncos, Common Mergansers, and a couple of Turkey Vultures.

From the park we walked the sidewalk on River Road which provided excellent views of the riparian area and the Umpqua River. In this section we saw Hooded Mergansers, more Mallards, Crows, Steller's Jays, Song Sparrows, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, Spotted Towhees, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

We looped through the Elkton Community Education Center gardens, checking out the variety of habitat that includes forest, ponds and fields. Here we spotted a good number Evening Grosbeaks, Eurasian-collard Doves, more Robins, a couple of Scrub Jays, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Northern Flicker, and a hunting White-tailed Kite. After a rest and a review of our lists at the ECEC we tried to beat the rain back to Tyson Park. Including some Canada Geese and Wild Turkeys that we heard we counted 24 different species of birds.