Posted by: atowhee | December 21, 2015


The dogs and I were out this morning. No others did we see.  From winter’s strong-flavored menu we were served rain, gusting wind, scudding clouds, misty air, rainbows and even a glimpse or two of sunlight.  Only the Labrador dog and the ducks seemed truly pleased with things.  The lone, mongrel domestic duck continues to patrol its bit of the flooded oxbow on the North Yamhill River at Wennerberg Park.  This duck and the Nike soccer ball both seem determined to stay through the winter which officially commences tomorrow.

DOM DUK SWIM NIKE BALLR-BOW MONRobin, king of the hill.

AMRO MOUND AMRO MOUND2 Perched high, wings akimbo, with sky visibled between wing tip and trunk…must be a Robin.  Then here we have view of blackbird beach, denizens not interested in disc golf. BB BEACH DUBL OAKS Shovelers at Yamhill Sewer Ponds.DUBL SHOVLR (1280x960) SHOV STRTCH (1280x960)Erosion at Wennerberg Park:EROSION1 EROSION2This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was at Wennerberg over the weekend and wouldn’t hold still…naturally.  These little birds may even vibrate when they sleep…R4CKI IN RAIN (1280x960)  RCKI BAK (1280x960) RCKI WINGBAR (1280x960) Red-tail at Wennerberg on Saturday.  Seeking drowned rat?RTH ON CROSS (1280x960) Shovelers in what was formerly a field near the Yamhill Sewage facility.SHOV FIELD The day of the Siskins, that’s every day in our garden now.SISCROWD When did you ever think of the Song Sparrow as a “big” bird?  Here’s a comparison with siskin.SMALL-SMLLER The only generous banks I’ve ever seen are those of a flooding creek or river.  Here Yamhill Creek next to the sewer ponds which themselves were near the tops of their levees.  Water all around.  This creek is normally seen only between the two narrow lines of trees.YAM FLOOD

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 21, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:25 AM.  9 species

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  21
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  8–first I’ve seen at this location this fall
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2–first I’ve seen at this location this fall
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 21, 2015 12:15 PM – 12:35 PM.   6 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1     in willows within the flooded oxbow of the river
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  200
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1

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