Posted by: atowhee | July 9, 2016


Today was the last field trip for the spring birding class through McMinnville Park and Rec.  Perfect weather at Rotary Park.  Several young birds, including one Song Sparrow with a flimsy excuse for a tail feeding along the path, unconcerned that ten large predators were watching.  Among the many singers this morning: Swainson’s Thrush, Robin, Black-headed Grosbeak and the adult male Western Tanager that was feeding alongside this juvenile, seen plucking a fruit:WETA YNG (1280x960) WETA -YNG3 (1280x960)The juvenile lacks the black back and cherry-toned head of the breeding age male. WETA-YNG2 (1280x960)Later we were to see a pair of Downys, one adult and one not.  Then there was a male adult Red-breasted Sapsucker whose bright plumage impressed us next to the youngster’s drabber outfit, with no white stripe over his beak like dad.  We also got good looks at a juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak flying around on his own.

Male Spotted male.ST UNDER (1280x960) ST-OPEN (1280x960)Cedar Waxwing, preening. WAXW (1280x960) WAXW PREENOne one narrow trail we were met by two yearling does.  This was the first to cross our paths as we each froze in place.DR-1 (1280x960) Then came “Whitey” whom I had photographed in Rotary Park about ten months ago.  She’s now grown up and her largely white fur is  bright and visible in the shaded forest. WHITE DR (1280x960)Later we saw twins from this year’s breeding, “hiding” in grass along Baker Creek.FAWN (1280x960)No stags, but some staghorn:STAGHORN (1280x960)


McMinnville Rotary Park (Tice Park), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 9, 2016 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM.   21 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1     heard only
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  2     adult and juvenile
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2     adult and juvenile
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  X     numerous singing or calling
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X–many
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  X     heard, not seen
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  2     one juvenile seen, one female seen, at least one singing

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  1. Every year I have a pair of black-headed grosbeaks that come to nest in my area and eat my sunflower seeds. They have been busy. Today four females were at the feeder together; the guys never share it. So it may be that I had two couples nesting or one couple that did a great job getting all their young to survive. That is more than can be said for the poor jays. They had two young hoping around after fledging. One was not fed and died the first day. I found another two days later in a pile of feathers with just his head removed. The next day the body was gone. I am none too pleased with Mother Nature this spring…….

    m a

    PS Don’t the female grosbeaks look like they are wearing bicycle helmets!

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