Posted by: atowhee | December 23, 2016


More than once we found Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding in the ground. I wonder if it was edibles driven down from trees by the recent snow and ice?  Often these little tykes are in the canopy.gck-goodgck-good3heth-cuTwo birds of the forest floor: Hermit Thrush above, Pacific Wren below.pac-wr-in-mossrbs-dAbove: Red-breasted Sapsucker.  California Quail covey along Baker Creek Road.caqu-dawnA trio of does in pasture along High Heaven Road:dr-1dr-2dr-3dr-4Morning Fox Sparrow, then below one in late afternoon as might faded.  You can clearly see the chevron-shaped spots, the uniformly dark face and the yellowish lower mandible.fospfosp-pm

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 22, 2016.  Comments:     Yamhill Valley CBC
39 speciesCackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  19
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  7
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  9
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  19
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  6
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  9
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  12
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  4
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  15
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  25
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  11
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  5
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  14
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  99
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  9
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  4
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  59
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  42
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  24
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  19
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  32
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  20Metsker Park–permit needed, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 22, 2016.  8 species; included in Baker Creek Road checklist.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4

High Heaven Road, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 22, 2016.  14 species.  Cold and foggy.Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  8
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  4
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  25
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  5

John Plissner and I were assigned to an area that included Baker Creek Road to the gate that blocks public access and the same for High Heaven Road.  t the upper end of both there was still plenty of snow and ice and freezing fog.  But no wind or rain.  The above checklist for Metsker Park is only the second for that location on eBIrd.  The first was from my scouting visit on Friday.  The Dipper did not reappear for count day but it is a cokunt-week bird at least.  John is a bird biologist and veteran field count pro living in nearby in Washington County.

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