Posted by: atowhee | September 27, 2016


Today in McMinnville and yesterday on upper Baker Creek Road Robins were abroad in big numbers, autumn flocks.  These seem to be locals, not the darker individuals that migrate down from the rain forests further north.

Red-tails were focused on a mown field, four standing on the ground.

garterOKour only local snake with longitudinal stripes, a garter…but I’ve seen one so gray before. He was in a logging road at the upper end of Baker Creek yesterday. He didn’t even use his tongue to sense my presences, just froze until the dog and I left.  About 20 inches long, less than an inch in diameter at his chubbiest, much slimmer than those Miss Universe types that Trump criticizes for being fat.  This was one slender fellow, as Ms Dickinson would have noted. snak-hed-1280x960

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 26, 2016 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM.  10 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  5     all in single field at intersection of Baker Creek Road and Orchard View Road
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2


Our first flock of waxwings (that I’ve noticed) for the season. I’ve been seeing them in tight formation around town for a couple weeks. And here’s the daily onslaught of hungry Bushtits, eschewing seeds, loving suet:btits-1280x960Cute, huh? btits2-1280x960 btits3-1280x960  gcsp-1280x960Golden-crown above, House Finch below…through the window at dawn’s early light. hofi-at-dawn-1280x960

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 27, 2016 7:30 AM. 10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  30

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