Posted by: atowhee | March 19, 2017


This hasn’t been an endlessly wet and cold winter…it just feels that way.  Today there was sun, birds in the garden, and something unexpected:BLUUI reached back in my memory and seemed to recall that there was once a legend based on blue skies.  Perhaps it could come true…blue skies up above…FLKR SUETFemale flicker above, male House Finch below.  Out of camera range there was a Purple Finch singing, a male flicker that couldn’t stop calling.HOFI MAILHOFI SIDEIMG_1317Grand tail, don’t you wish you had one like that?S-TAILVT FRNTVT-LLOKS820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 19, 2017. species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X



  1. No sun here yesterday. My squirrels are playing again. Grabbing each other and rolling end over end. Found another hole they were excavating……

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