Posted by: atowhee | March 26, 2016


“All day the flicker
has anticipated
the lust of the season, by
shouting.  He scouts up
tree after tree and at
a certain place begins
to cry out. My, in his
black-freckled vest, bay body with
red trim and sudden chrome
underwings, he is
dapper.  Of course somebody
listening nearby
heard him; she answers
with  a sound like hysterical
laughter…”    from “Spring” by Mary Oliver

The flickers are calling in my garden…in city parks, woodlots, forests and thickets all over Yamhill County.  And the voices in the spring chorus are varied, like this male Bewick’s Wren at Yamhill Sewer Ponds.

BEWR1 (1280x960) CHRRY1 CHRRY2Sewer Pond ducks: Shoveler and Buffleheads and Lesser Scaup. DUX IN LINE (1280x960) DUX IN LINE2 (1280x960) DUX UPP (1280x960)WINGS2 (1280x960) WINGS3 (1280x960) WINGS4 (1280x960) WINGS12 (1280x960)Usually “my” Red-breasted Nuthatch goes straight to the suet, or plucks a sunflower seed from the tray and carries it off.  This morning he picked this nearly horizontal limb in our garden, settled down facing the sun.  He did a little solar energy work, warming in the morning rays.RBN SUNNING3 (1280x960) RBN SUNNING2 (1280x960) RBN SUNNING (1280x960)Bushtit at suet feeder.bush fdr homke psairdHoodies in small farm pond along Meadowlake Road.  Red-tail watching me pass on Hill Road,rthill roadIn the coastal range forest this pale fungus looks like small cauliflower sprouts. P2670253 (1280x960)One of spring’s subtle joys: P2670256 (1280x960)


Meadowlake Rd., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 26, 2016 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM.  12 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US.  9 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  10
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3–at the suet
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1–gone is the dense flock of winter

Hill Road NW, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US.  16 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  2

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US.  8 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 25, 2016 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
27 species–my highest species count ever for a single visit to this siteCackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X     fly over
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     fly over
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  120
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  50
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  20
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2     in pasture pool,  not sewer ponds
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  100     checking out nest boxes on fence around the ponds
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  40
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1


  1. Here’s some NG from Sunday Stills

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