Posted by: atowhee | September 7, 2016

September: To-ing and Fro-ing

Birds are appearing in places where I haven’t seen them in weeks.  Other birds are suddenly scarce.  Where are those Red-breasted Nuthatches that came to my feeders every day for months?  Where are those Robins that littered the lawns at Wennerberg Park all winter and through much of the summer?

Cooper’s Hawk tracing ellipses across the soft September blue.  High overhead, likely on migration.  Far above and away from any trees and unusually this morning the Flicker announced his return after a few weeks of silence. Staccato screams punctuated a silent stanza within the morning’s usual avian sonata.

Wennerberg Park: here an Acorn with an Acorn.p2770272Also at Wennerberg this afternoon a quartet of Black-capped Chickadees fed in a flurry of fluttering and quick sorties.  On the heavily-mossed trunk of a large maple…into the dusty bare spots on the ground…up into the ash leaves…onto a rock, into the grass, up onto bare bark of a Doug-fir.  I could often see them grab something small and swallow.  A fresh mid-day meal, no standing in line at the deli or food truck for these little guys.

American Goldfinches come to our platform, daily right now:amgo-pltfrm amgo-seed amgo-seed2  Bushtit gang.bush-whact-1280x1093Waxwing in a treetop cew-atopCrows patrolling the soccer field at Joe Dancer Park: cro-field cro-field2The morning squirrel.  Every day he comes and sits in the platform, gorging on the sunflower seeds.  Holding ground.  Comfy, self-assured, firm in his position, confident in his authority. morn-sqrlWood-pewees at Wennerberg. pw-atop2 pw-atop3jay-fencOur local Scrub-Jay patrols the perimeter, checking on conditions and food supply. This jay disdains the sunflower seeds. jay-fenc2 spto-eats2-1280x960 spto-eatz-1280x960Adult male Spotted Towhee makes an appearance: spto-eatz3-1280x960 spto-lurks-1280x960 spto-lurks2-1280x960 spto-lurks3-1280x960 spto-side-1280x960big-leef-1280x960Our last round of clematis blooms for this summer:clemts-1280x960


Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 7, 2016 12:45 PM – 1:25 PM.  9 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 7, 2016 8:00 AM.  9 species

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     migrating
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  15


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: