Posted by: atowhee | July 24, 2015


I got a chance today to drive up from the Willamette Valley into the very lowest hills that form the front range of the Coastal Range.  I got to see my first Hairy Woodpecker in Yamhill County, and had a close encounter with a Brown Creeper working the moss and lichens on a venerable ash tree in a pocket-sized county park along Baker Creek Road.BC IN LEAFS BC UPP (1280x960) BC-TWOOne of the ancient oaks of McMinnville Rotary Park, an ent if ever Tolkein saw one. BIGGOAKDowny at Rotary Park. ROTRY DWO (1280x960)The Violet-green Swallows were flocking on the wires along Baker Creek Road.  These flocks will soon join others as they begin to head south.  Barn Swallows may linger longer.  I’ve seen them on eggs in Oregon in September.  At a horse barn today they were feeding young still in the nest. SWALLOS VGS

My Yamhill County list stands at 48 species for the month, and that, of course, is my lifelist as well.  That total already puts me in the top fifty of lifetime birders on eBird in Yamhill County.  Hell, I’m only a few species behind Noah Strycker, a world-class birder if ever there were…

Noah, BTW, is in South Africa now and has over 3700 species so far in his really, really BIG year.

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 24, 2015 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. 14 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Vilet-green Swallow  40
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X

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