Posted by: atowhee | October 26, 2016


It keeping with this baseball World Series season there were birds on the ball diamond at Wennerberg Park this morning, playing in the rain.  Two Robins were behind home plate and a trio of Acorn Woodpeckers were in the turf in deep right field.rf1rf4rf5rf6

[Go Cubbies!  Back when I was a beginning baseball fan more than half a century ago I had three puppies named Tinkers, Evers and Chance. Those were the three famous infielders who played for the last World Champion Cubs team…in 1908. Between them the Indians and Cubs have a cumulative World Series drought of over 150 years and two-thirds of that belongs to the guys from Wrigley Field.  Back when I was still a baseball fan, before birds seduced me away, Wrigley was more sacrosanct than even Fenway.  I have a joke t-shirt that reads in big, Gothic script “Cubs  World Champions” on the front.  Then in tiny text on the back “1908.”  Imagine what that can be worth if they win in 2016? Go Cubbies!]

Down along the creek, bearing the  bold moniker of North Yamhill Ri ver, there was a flock of Bushtits passing by.  Accompanying them were two, not a pair, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  There was an aerial skirmish between the two…not truly group-oriented like the nearby Bushtits who are always in flocks outside of breeding season.  Their tiny gray bodies with the long tails are always in motion unless they are asleep.  One tie I saw q quartet of fledglings lined up on a branch, shoulder to shoulder, awaiting the meals catered by both parents. That is the only time I have seen a Bushtit at rest.  Even on the suet feeder, they may hang in a single spot but are always moving.  Today I got one image of a Bushtit staying on a perch but the bird never stopped looking around and soon was gone. Feathered  vitality.bt4

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 26, 2016 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM.  7 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20

Carlton City Sewer Ponds–ltd. access, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 26, 2016 11:30 AM – 11:40 AM.  5 species

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  60
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2



  1. I am a wreck! Bases are loaded in the fifth – with Indians! On the other channel Rachel Maddow is talking about the FBI coming out about new emails in Clinton camp! Stress from every angle.

    OMG! Thank god the new pitcher just got them out of the inning without damage. Oh my ulcer. Remember when we got ulcers??

    I was born in Sept. of ’45 in California when my Chicago parents were in the army in California. Grandma came out from Chicago to see me. Got word Grandpa had a heart attack and died while she was gone. This was a SOUTH SIDE Cub family…… Nice of my Italian uncle on my mother’s side to buy my Irish dad’s family tickets to one of the World Series games. Bittersweet..

    I must watch every pitch or Dad will never forgive me……..

    m a

    PS Don’t ya miss the bleachers?

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