Posted by: atowhee | February 5, 2016


First the call, then the small bird moving deliberately, almost cautiously, through the bare trees along the river.  My first Hutton’s Vireo in Yamhill County since last July.huvi glance  huvi sidehuvi leap

The human William Hutton for which this little westerner was named is mysterious.  Apparently he was collecting in the San Diego area when he found this bird.  More than that we know little.  He laso collected before and after San Diego on the East Coast, but then vanishes from the scant record about amateur naturalists in that period.  It was Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian who used Hutton’s name for this newly discovered species in 1851.

Hutton’s namesake is only slightly easier to pin down.  Looking much like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, this vireo is slightly plumper and not as nervous and twitchy as the lookalike kinglet.  This vireo also has no black line among its wing bars.

Also at Wennerberg park this morning, a treetop full of Flickers: flkr topThe third flicker has already fluttered down to the ground when I got this shot.

Nature’s moving earth around again.  The recent flooding has eaten away the cutbanks, moving that soil further on down the Willamette River, or even out to the Pacific past Astoria.  Yet the stubborn willows, cling, digging their roots back into the remaining and receding bank.bare ruts (960x1280)

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 5, 2016 10:15 AM.  11 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)  1     county lifer for me, pics on blog
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  75
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2

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