Posted by: atowhee | September 5, 2016


Now I know it’s really migration time for songbirds.  This afternoon I saw my first nomadic warbler of the season…and it wasn’t even a Yellow-rump.  One Black-throated Gray along the Willamette River in the cottonwoods bordering the river.

Other migrants there included the gangs of swallows and small swirl of swifts.  If I said “swifts in the air” it would be redundant or at least unnecessary.  I will still look forward to the frist time I can see one hanging inside a chimney.  The Vaux’s Swifts, BTW, are now putting on nightly shows at Chapman School in west Portland, Agate Hall in Eugene, the pottery kiln in Roseburg, the brick factory chimney in east San Rafael and other noted swift motels along their migration route.


Yesterday I drove up into the Coastal Range foothills.  Most interesting birds were a Pacific Wren and one lone Hooded Merganser on McGuire Reservoir along Meadowlake Road.

SE Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 5, 2016 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM.  16 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  8
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  300
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  50
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  15
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1

Meadowlake Rd., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 4, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM.  12 species

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1     at McGuire Reservoir
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  15
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2

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