Posted by: atowhee | June 25, 2016


Our McMinnville Park and Rec birding class had its second field trip today.  Perfect weather, last weekend hail drove us back to the cars.

Highlights included: family of three Belted Kingfishers flying together through Wennerberg Park.  A Bushtit pair were carrying food to nestlings in a nest sac about thirty feet up in a Doug-fir there.  Pretty good looks at a juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak and an adult male Bullock’s Oriole, both along the stream.  At Yamhill we got good looks at a male Common Yellowthroat and numerous Tree Swallows coming and going from their nest boxes.

This Western Wood-Pewee posed nicely against the blue sky.  The glint in his eye may be because he’s spotted an insect in the air.  There were at least two Pewees at Wennerberg and we heard on calling.

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We got to watch a small group of Acorn Woodpeckers moving about, high up in the mature oaks at Wennerberg.  They weren’t making much noise but occasionally one would stop on an upright trunk in bright sunlight.

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 25, 2016 8:45 AM – 11:15 AM.  18 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  3     family group
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  6
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  2     adults carrying food to nestlings
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 25, 2016 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.  15 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  25
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  20
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1



  1. Thanks for another great outing today Harry!

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