Posted by: atowhee | August 19, 2015


It was going to be another one of those 90-degree-pkus days.  So I hit McMinnville’s Rotary Park at 8AM.  And there, right before my eyes was a MacGillivray’s Warbler.  A Mac in Mac–not what I expected but the warbler was in exactly the sort of habitat they like, a very dense thicket of dogwoods under a canopy and with no direct sunlight.  I only saw the warbler because I was following a Spotted Towhee through the tiny view-tunnels between the leaves.  At one point the towhee dropped down out of view and his place on a horizontal branch was taken by this yellow-bellied bird with the dark gray hood, and the eye bracketed by white parentheses.  The rest of the morning’s birds were all the usual suspects.

McMinnville Rotary Park (Tice Park), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 19, 2015 8:00 AM – 8:35 AM.  12 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  3
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

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