Posted by: atowhee | February 14, 2017


We have four suet feeders in our garden this winter.  And we have several birds that are suet afficionados.  In fact, we have feeder feeders that are nothing short of excellent experts.  There are the starlings, the Downy, the female flicker–long, pointed beaks, strong feet, dangling and hanging upside down–no problem.

Yet, even among the smaller birds two have become adept at feeding any manner necessary to get at that suet.  They are the Bewick’s Wren and one Yellow-rumped WARbler whom I’ve named War-war for his warlike

Pretty quiet at Wennerberg Park today though I did see an Anna’s Hummer sitting on a wire which is unusual.  They are most often on trees, bushes, and other natural perches.anh-upanh-wiredgoose-line820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  25
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 14, 2017.  6 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  16     fly over
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

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