Posted by: atowhee | February 1, 2017


In the garden recently:vt2-againHere’s war-war at the suet.  He comes repeatedly during the day.  War-war is his moniker to denote his warrior warbler status as he patrols the suet aisle.warwar-awarwar-bwarwar-cThis Bewick’s Wren hung around the suet but never attempted to take any.  Smells bad? Looks wrong?  Too awkward? The latter I doubt, as even the Juncos can fly up and land on the dowel perches.  I have yet to see either Song or Golden-crowned Sparrow go to the logs, nor the Spotted

A  VISIT TO HAGG LAKEhaggscape1haggscape2haggscape3Horned Grebehog-at-hagghog-at-hagg2I go birding to avoid thinking a bout politics and human folly.  But here was this fellow right in the Hagg Lake parking lot with his egregious slime trail.  So clear a reminder of our current state of governmental affairs.  I wished him well on his sluggish way.slimetrail


cg-acg-bCacklers afoot and Kestrel:kest-pollThe access to the Willamette at the greenway is closed as per this sign.  For clearer understanding I refer you to my earlier comments, e.g. human folly and slime trails.  Some days it is very hard to have compassion for our species.park-closdI am not sure where I got these images but their subjects look familiar:humm2redeyeFox Sparrow on a dig, Spotted Towhee passing by, two of our largest sparrows.2sparos

oregon2020–SE Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 31, 2017 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.  22 species
click here to learn about the Oregon 2020 birding project
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  3000
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X;   Pied-billed Grebe  2
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  6
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  100
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  100
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  40
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  25
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  150
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  10

Henry Hagg Lake Park (Scoggins Valley Park), Washington, Oregon, US
Jan 30, 2017 3:05 PM – 3:45 PM.  14 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  30
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  20
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1

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