Posted by: atowhee | January 16, 2017


The dog insisted we return to Joe Dancer Park this morning.  Who am I to quibble?  Some of the same birds today…but not far from parking lot a Hutton’s Vireo came through the trees.  He was moving deliberately and his bold wing bars were clearly sans black. It was my first vireo of the year.  All the other vireo species in this area are migrants so I shan’t see another until spring.

Two Varied Thrush appeared.  One south facing slope of blackberry brambles was warmed by sun and the spot was buzzing.  The free solar warmth had the hummers out and three males were disputing who owned the berry thicket.  One of the three was the molting male I photographed yesterday.  The other two had completely feathered gorgets.anhu-grnI have never before had a camera good enough to capture a flying hummer! Love firing salvos with my new little Canon.anhu-flyanhu-fly2WREN RUN

I seem to run into show-off wrens wherever I go these days.  Here we have Bewick on birch at Joe Dancer:bw-brchbw-brch2bw-brch3bw-brch4bw-brch5bw-brch6bw-brch7

A pair of Bewick’s parked themselves at our feeders this afternoon.  Here’s one of them:bw-chinbw-grdn-3Look closely and you can see the subtle rictal bristles at the base of the bill…and the worn tips on the tail feathers.  Click on image to make it Thrush at Joe Dancer:

vt-ad1vt-snovt-sno2War-war in the garden using the perch I recently installed.war-war-lookswarwar-eatSouth Yamhill RiveryrJoe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 16, 2017.  12 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  3
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 16, 2017.  11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2     pair arrived together; used suet feeder
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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