Posted by: atowhee | July 17, 2016


It’s almost dark and 930PM as I write this.  A Barred Owl is hooting not far from my open window here in McMinnville.

It’s dispersal time here in Yamhill as both young and old birds leave breeding areas to wander in search of good eating.  Today there were five Spotted Sandpipers at Yamhill Sewer Ponds today.  A month ago: none.  At least two were white-breasted fledglings.sp (1280x960) Spott-Juv1 (1280x960) SPOTT-JUV2 (1280x960)GBH-A1 (1280x960) GBH-A2 (1280x960)Streaked throat means this is a juvenile heron. GBH-A3 (1280x960) GBH-A4 (1280x960) Kest on post (1280x960)In my back yard, sluggo: Sluggo (1280x960) SPARO (1280x960)  WCSP-JUV (1280x960) WCSP-JUVE3 (1280x960)Juvie White-crowned Sparrow, freshly minted. SPARO FLIES (1280x960)

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 17, 2016 4:00 PM.  14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  26
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1, along the creek
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  5
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
White-crowned Sparrow   1 juvenile
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  6

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