The walk was hosted by the Luckiamute Watershed Council and the Ash Creek Water Contol District.
We held two separate walks with one at 10:00 AM and another one at 1:00 PM. A total of 12 people participated in the walks. The weather was very nice with clear skies and temperatures ranging from 63 to 77 degrees.
We observed 18 species during the first walk and 16 species during the second walk. For the day we observed 25 species. Before today the site had a total of 12 species that had been observed. After today the total species observed at the Ash Creek Restoration Site stands at 28 species!
During the walks we saw a Tree Swallow nest that was occupied. At times one of the Tree Swallow stuck its head out the nest box hole. We also saw many nice plantings as well as butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and fish along Ash Creek. Thanks to everyone for making this a successful event.
Mike Unger, Salem Audubon Society - bird walks, surveys, and education volunteer
Our bird walk leaders were all present and included Mike Unger from Salem Audubon, David Craig from Willamette University, and two WU students of his - Juan Vargas-Perea and Hector Rosales-Gomez. Ramón Martinez, formerly from the City of Independence but now working for Colonia Amistad Farmworkers Housing, Inc., was there to help organize and to help with translation as needed. Mike and David brought a total of 19 binoculars to lend to attendees. We also had Spanish language bird ID materials from Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Institute for Applied Ecology