Finley Wildlife Refuge

March 8, 1987

A small but enthusiastic group of birdwatchers headed up Hwy. 99 on an overcast, drizzly day. Just before reaching the refuge we spotted two pair of ornate-looking Wood Ducks — a good omen for the day. Immediately inside, we found about 100 Dusky and Tavernier Geese having breakfast of rye grass. Hundreds of other geese fed in nearby fields or flew noisily overhead. We then looked at various dabblers and divers including Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Widgeon, and Coot. Scores of Dunlin and Dowitchers also fed and flew on McFadden Marsh. Our next discovery was a third-year Bald Eagle, just beginning to get his recognizable white head feathers. After a leisurely lunch watching a Great Blue Heron and a gaggle of geese, we took the Woodpecker Loop Trail. We viewed the ubiquitous lichens and mosses, encountered a few newts and spotted on a nearby hillside one of the trail’s namesakes — a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. We took a final short walk to look at some of the smaller avifauna including Chickadees, Nuthatches and Kinglets. Despite the grey skies it turned out to be a very enjoyable trip. The birds were unusually active and vocal, indicating that Spring IS in the air! Finley Wildlifers were Wendy Boyd, Barbara Hasbrouck, Mike Kinyon, Janet Nelson, Karen Seidel, and Rick Ahrens (leader).

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