Posted by: atowhee | June 21, 2016


“One swallow maketh not summer.”   –John Heywood.

Three swallows, lush greenery hanging over the riverbank, swirling tornadoes of gnats, bees in blooms, singing grosbeaks–that makes a summer and even the calendar agrees now.  Today was summer.  The highlight was a pair of Bullock’s Orioles ferrying food to nestlings in a nest hidden behind some vertically hanging oak leaves:buor-femal-nest (1280x960) buor--male--nest (1280x960)In each photo the adult oriole is left of the unseen nest which is within the cluster of oak leaves hanging vertically on the right side of the image.  This nest is about thirty feet above the parking lot surrounding the toilet building at Wennerberg Park.  It is almost directly above the green sign outlining park rules.

4spot (1280x960)Fledgling Black-headed Gorsbeak along the grandiosely named North Yamhill River, really a good-sized creek with steep banks. bhg yng (1280x960)Those steep banks encourage nesting by Kingfisher and Rough-winged Swallow alike.nrwsllo (1280x960) deep mint (1280x960) mr-gflry2 (1280x960) mr-glry (1280x960)  ocan spra (1280x960) P2730942 (1280x960) P2730946 (1280x960)Bee sips, or sups, at wild radish flower: radsh bee (1280x960)Scrub-Jay: scrja (1280x960)Western Wood-Pewee flycatching along the stream: wpw-wenn (1280x960)

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 21, 2016 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.  17 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2

Anna’s Hummingbird, female
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  6
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  16
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  8
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  2     feeding young in nest above parking lot around toilet building
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


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