Posted by: atowhee | April 14, 2017


Beats there a heart whose man is so dead that he would not be moved by fawn lilies in bloom?  We have many fine wildflowers, some native and some weeds from far away.  The violets are more intense, pussy’s ears are more intricate, trillium triumphant, dogwoods glow brighter while redbuds bleed for us.  But somehow the simple, purity of the fawn lily never fails to stop my walk and a Lilliputian lily forest, abloom beneath the trees of the taller forest, brings a realization that sometimes nature knows best and we have only to agree and apprehend. F-L

Behind the lily you can see the plant’s leaf, speckled in such a way it reminded somebody of a deer fawn.

Note below the trillium scads of young bedstraw plants are coming up.  Soon enough they will torment those who wear sox or shoelaces or are furred by nature. This invasive plant will eventually produce zillions of tiny velcro footballs that will grab and cling to anything that offers transport to another invasion site.TRLL

YVThese flowers were all to be seen at Joe Dancer Park today.BT PREEN CUBT-CU-ACan you spot the little birdy?  I am sure this pair of Bushtits was looking for a nest site.BTREEBW CLOSERBewick’s Wrens were about…and singing.   This one even dropped to the ground.BW GRNDThe usual male Anna’s Hummingbird was again at the top of his sentinel post.  Now I can see it is a maple.  Did he pick the one upright twig with no leaves…or did he pluck the leaves for better take-off and landing?  There was no other barren twig anywhere on this 20-foot tall tree.IMG_2786

California has has an unusually wet winter. Their drought is broken. And the wildflowers are celebrating. This story shows shots from space that pick up the bright colors now seen on the once brown landscape.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 14, 2017 9:45 AM – 10:25 AM. 12 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  2     mated pair
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  3     some singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1


  1. Yikes! I t is a good thing you sent this out as I forgot all about going up to Tooth Pick for the lilies and calypso orchids. I must do it this week. The bird nesting blog was fun too, thanks.

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