Posted by: atowhee | November 9, 2016


The sparrows around our garden feeders were acting like this was just another coolish, overcast November morn.  I have no way to explain to them how or why their world has changed.  For added emotive impact today: for the first time I saw a White-throated Sparrow in our garden and through the window he played hide and seek with my camera lens.  Here are a few adequate shots:wts-uppwts-peekswts-peeks2wts5wts1

TIME IN THE TUBgcs-in-tubgcs-in-tub2three-in-tubthree-in-tub3two-in-tub2


Golden-crowned Kinglet headin’out.gcki-w

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 9, 2016 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.  11 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 9, 2016 6:30 AM.  11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3



  1. Apropos of the “Sparrows” post, here is what I posted on a friend’s Facebook page 4 hrs ago>>>

    This is so trivial, Erin, but as we were grieving at breakfast, we also were watching the sparrows at the suet and the chickadees and titmice at the seed feeders. At 4 am, unable to sleep, i heard the Canadian geese overhead. And they are all oblivious to this (well, until Trump seeks to dismantle the EPA and eliminate all environmental regulations). And that almost brought a wan smile to my face. if u know what I mean. We are of course, totally devastated…

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