Posted by: atowhee | January 22, 2016


I was at Wennerberg Park on a glorious sunny morning.  Suddenly the Robins stopped feeding on the ground and all began flying southward.  About ten seconds later a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew through the trees, going the same way.  I followed the bird into the alders and twisted oaks along the North Yamhill River but couldn’t relocate it.  The Robins clearly knew who was about.  My limited senses needed clear, in the open view.  If I had been a Junco, I’d have been a goner.RBN PALEThe plaer Robin seems to be of different than the darker, richly colored Robins from the damp coastal zone here on the Pacific Slope.  Most the Wennerberg Robins are the darker ones. RBN RICHWhite-=breasted Nuthatch enhoying the damp moss hunting grounds on the upper part of a venerable oak. wbn best (1280x960) wbn side vu (1280x960)BLU SKI (1280x960) BLU SKI2 FLD POND All across the lawns and roads that have been repeatedly flooded this winter are piles of flotsam.  They include logs, even tree trunks, limbs, twigs, straw, branches of Doug-firs, grass and oak leaves.   Here’s a dike built up around a sapling.FLTSAM DIKE Here’s some flotsam jammed against the fence bordering a ball diamond.FLTSAM FENCED Here’s flotsam still in the river, swirling endlessly in an eddy.FLTSM FLTSM2 Here’s January fly:JAN FLY (2) (1280x960) Mourning Dove.MODO-CRTN My favorite ancient maple.OLD MAPL OLD MAPL2 What do we call the clumps of straw and twigs stuck on limbs of trees or on berry brambles?  Flood widows?  High water markers?  Water wisps?  Reminders?  Here in Orefon we need a word or a phrase for these which can be found along all our streams, especially this year. P2620581 (1280x960) P2620582 (1280x960) P2620583 (1280x960)

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 22, 2016 10:15 AM – 11:05 AM.  10 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  50
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2


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