Posted by: atowhee | July 7, 2016


The dog and I checked out the Yamhill River North Fork where it flows through the southeast corner of McMinnville yesterday.  Also enjoyed our first ripe blackberries of the season while there.  Nora is the only dog I’ve known who enjoys blackberries as much as I do, but she eschews the blueberries in our garden…thankfully.  Many are low enough for her to reach if she wished.  She will never try to pick her own blackberries, not wanting her sensitive nose pricked.  I pick despite the prick.

We got to watch a Pewee picking insects off the surface of the slow-moving stream.  Listerned to singing Swainson’s Thrush and Black-headed Grosbeak.RBIN--MCM SOSP IN WEEDSAdult Song Sparrow above, fledgling below. SOSP--YNGPewee along the river. WPW--MCM

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 6, 2016 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Comments:     includes open space east of bridge on north side of Yamhill River
11 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2     one picking insects off surface of the river
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

GARDEN TRAGEDY CRO-TWOThis is a perturbed adult Crow, looking down into our garden yesterday.  One of its nestlings had fallen or been dragged from the nest.  We took the injured bird to Turtle Ridge rescue center south of Salem.  No hope.  It died.  The adults are still searching today, giving me the evil eye.CRO-=ONESpeaking of fledglings, there was a newly arrived Spotted Towhee in our garden this morning.  This sooty colored kid was so young it still had the brightly-colored gape and almost no white on it yet.

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