Posted by: atowhee | April 4, 2017


Most of our local birds, excepting owls, are pretty quiet at night.  Comes the dawn, comes the chorus.  Bird music is at its high point right now and will stay there until the later arriving migrants (flycatchers, vireos, warblers) have all courted and nested.  There are the year-round noise-makers: jays, crows, collared-doves, House Sparrows.  Then there are our annual spring singers.  This morning the first songs I heard at home were House Finches buzzing up in the dawn redwoods that are just beginning to put out needles.  Then a couple miles away in Joe Dancer Park I heard a singing Purple Finch as soon as I got out of my car. Another song at that park was the clear clarion of a Bewick’s Wren from across the river.

One sad note: saw my first Brown-headed Cowbird of the year, atop a tree along the river, scouting for possible victims probably.  I hope the singing wren nearby is good at hiding the nest.

Female Anna’s at nectar feeder:AH-FEM1AH-FEM2AH-FEM3Bathing Junco from a couple days ago…today I’ve seen only one Junco…apparently most have pulled out to migrate or go upslope to nesting places.JUNC BATHLike pink candle flames, the opening buds of one of our magnolias light up the daytime.magn

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 4, 2017.  7 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5; Song Sparrow singing
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1     singing


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