Posted by: atowhee | February 10, 2017


Rain squalls off and on today.  We are already near six inches of rain for the month compared to an average of 5.7 for a full February.  That explains the flooded fields.  Not too cold. Yesterday we hit 60 in the sun, today in the fifties when there was no cold wind.  Our first crocus are in bud, yellow ones.

Today I heard a chorus of chorus frogs.  Heard only a single one some days back.  These were in the marshy area below Pinot Noir Drive in McMinnville. There is a colony of Acorn Woodpeckers in the oaks there.  Two Fox Sparrows were pished out of the berry thicket.

Rainbows were to be seen morning and evening as rain clouds and sunshine shared the sky and vied for dominance.  Neither side won.  Rainbows were sometimes full arc.rb1rb2rb3

Some of the less bold birds can often be seen lurking…partially hidden but on alert.fosp-hidesThe Fox Sparrow was at the end of Pinot Noir (the street, fear not, the wine will go on nearly forever).  Varied Thrush hiding in our garden.vath-peeks

Pinot Noir Drive NW, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM.  7 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 10, 2017.  11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  25
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1



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  2. Only 2″ here and no 60’s….

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