Posted by: atowhee | December 16, 2015

VIBRATING WILLOWS

The once-flooding North Yamhill River has dropped several feet and is completely inside its cutbanks along the edge of Wennerberg Park, but it still flows with great force.  Willows rooted in the creekbed and subject to the current.  Along the stream willow trunks and twigs vibrate; some slowly like the swing of a hammock in summer, others with the nervous frequency of a weed whacker.  Many now sport wigs of stick and grass deposited by the highest part of the floodwater, now left to hang high above the stream’s reduced level.WILLOZ

Most interesting birds at Wennerberg today were Brown Creeper, RB Nuthatch and a Yellow-rumped Warbler, first I have seen in the county this month.  Though yesterday we got to enjoy two Townsend’s Warblers in Lincoln City.B-CREEP3 (1280x960) B-CREEP2 (1280x960) B-CREEP LEAN B-CREEP (1280x960)YR PRCHED YRUMP JUMP (1280x960) YR UPPThis domestic duck has now been living in the Yamhill River oxbow at Wennerberg Park for a week.DUK GOOSE AWAY ACWO IN SKY (1280x960)

CHRISTMAS COUNTS

Dec 14 I took part in the Upper Nestucca CBC.  It’s located inland north of Willamina, Oregon in Yamhill and eastern Tillamook County along the Coastal Range, mostly above 1000′ in elevation.  We had rain and then snow at higher elevation.  Temps were generally below 40 all day.  Our team was in the Willamina Creek watershed much of the day.  Lots of hemlock, cedar and spruce, even some western yew.  Not so many birds except we had plenty of Varied Thrush, not one Robin in our count circle!

It was only slightly warmer the next day for the Lincoln City count but it includes considerable Pacific Ocean coastline so there were many more species to find.  Our team was primarily in Lincoln City itself and we got the trifecta of both scoter and loons.

Upper Nestucca CBC-Area 6, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 14, 2015 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM.  20 species

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  120
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  X
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  X
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1

Lincoln City CBC–Area 2, Lincoln, Oregon, US
Dec 15, 2015 7:45 AM – 3:45 PM.  45 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  500
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  2
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  25
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)  5
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica)  3
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  X
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)  6
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)  1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  X
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus occidentalis/glaucescens)  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  X
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  X
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)  2
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 16, 2015 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM.  14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1

Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  10
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  60
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  12
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  20


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