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      Salem Audubon Birding: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson

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      November 13, 2019

      Wednesday   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      2301 Wintel Road South
      Jefferson, Oregon 97352

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      Salem Audubon Birding: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

      With rising waters in the Pintail and Eagle Marsh areas, this is a great time to visit the many perimeter pullouts around the refuge. We’ll make frequent stops to scan for field or field pond species. These areas are where Cackling, Canada and Dusky geese, Tundra Swans, ducks and other waterfowl will be gathering for their winter stays and feeding. Diving ducks will be feeding on the pond bottom for aquatic plants and invertebrates, and dabbler ducks can be seen moving surface water for aquatic food. Some ducks maybe pairing up, and geese can be seen in family groups. Dusky Geese can be identified by orange collars, with identification number and letters linking to their natal place of origin. We can expect to observe an increased number of visiting raptors on snags. There is also a good chance for Sandhill Crane flyover. Stands of oak and snags with cavities will be a source of food and shelter for woodpeckers and nuthatches. This appears to be an ‘acorn year’ as many birders have already observed. Mistletoe berries can be attractive for Western Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers that move around for food in the oaks. We can expect identification challenges with flocks of sparrows in shrub growth and hedgerows along the road and ditches. Plan to carpool as we travel, with stops that might include the boardwalk at Rail Trail or Pintail Marsh, if time permits.

      Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking area at 8:00 AM. This will be the only portable restroom stop until the Nature Center off Ankeny Hill Rd is completed. Plan on carpooling. Wear footwear for walking uneven trails. Bring water and snacks. We will plan to finish by noon.

      Directions –From Salem, take I-5 south to the Ankeny Hill Rd exit (Exit 243), and turn right (west). At the Ankeny Hill Road/Wintel Rd intersection go straight (south) on Wintel and continue about 3 miles to the Pintail Marsh parking lot. You will pass by the Rail Trail on your left, with a sign that sits low; continue and look on your left for the landmark sign “SEASONAL PHOTO BLIND”. The unmarked parking lot is on your right. (If you get to the railroad crossing you just missed it.) Or, follow Liberty Rd south to Ankeny Hill Rd, turn left and follow Ankeny to Wintel Rd, then turn right and follow the directions above.

      Photo: Yellow Rumped Warbler

      Cost: Free -

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