Posted by: atowhee | December 7, 2015


Over three inches of rain overnight left roads looking like leaking levees.  Some gravel roads badly eroded, other places roads and their inadequate culverts created temporary sloughs.  Creeks expanded to become finger lakes.  A field where yesterday I watched blackbirds and Starlings forage was today a shallow like, complete with dabbling Shovelers.FLOOD ROAD FLOOD1 FLOOD2 FLOOD3 FLOOD4 FLOOD5 FLOOD6 FLOOD10This is supposed to be a grove of hazelnut saplings, many had been washed out of the ground:  FLOODS7Driveway with its miniature canyon several inches deep complete with cutbanks and meanders. LANE ERODESFrom a hilltop, a lake where there were fields yesterday along the North Yamhill River, now the North Yamhill Slough. NEW LAKE P2580955 (1280x960)Despite all the water, rainbows appeared and vanished across the afternoon skies.  More rain tomorrow. RAINBOW UPThis morning I fed our garden denizens under a sheltering roof.  Siskins abounding:SISKN EATS SISKN SINGL SISKNS DRY SISKNS DRY2 SQRL OUTTA RAIN

With nearly every flat area turned into a vernal marsh, it was not a surprise to see dozen s of Glaucous-winged Gulls loafing on the high school playing fields in  central McMinnville.

Pheasant Hill Rd. & pond, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 7, 2015 3:15 PM – 3:20 PM.  8 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  75
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  40
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  130
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  5
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X


  1. You have my empathy. We had 5″ of rain last month. Mother Nature – or geoengineering? These unusual rain events have been happening in different parts of the country this year.

    • Having moved north partly to escape the endless drought I cannot ever speak ill of rain, however much…just hope we humans can learn to stop building in the floodplains and at sea level along the coast…how many times will people rebuild before they get the message: move to higher ground?

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