Posted by: atowhee | April 24, 2017


Imagine you are about ten inches long, weight about three ounces and your most viable weapon is a hollow, hard-shelled tube.  Imagine you and your mate are hoping to raise some young, but they begin as immobile inside and egg, then spend days as fragile, easily chilled babies.  You can’t use fire, you can’t shop for food, you just depend on eyes, ears and speed for safety.  And time is rushing past.  You must use a narrow span of time to raise your family, while food is most ample, while weather is most friendly.  You can’t take a holiday, a sick day or a rainy day off.  Such was life in Birdworld around Yamhill Sewer Ponds yesterday in the chilly wind.  Birds, large and small, bust and working at what the season demands…no time to spare.  Singing, nest building, feeding even at the cost of getting wet. Flight was on wet wings which must require more energy, more effort and thus more food as fuel.

Wilson’s Snipe in the marsh where they intend to nest.  Two Wilson’s Warblers (same Wilson) chasing gone another through the shrubs along the creek.  Barn Swallows feeding off the surface of the ponds and pools in the flooded fields.  Red-winged Blackbirds strutting and singing and vying like White House consiglieri.  Flicker calling.  Bewick’s Wren and Song Sparrows singing.  Lincoln’s Sparrow lurking here in the lowlands before they move upslope to nest.  Flocks of Savanna Sparrow still not breaking off into pairs…quite yet.  Robins singing, calling, fussing, being possessive.  A two-year old Bald Eagle just checking out the ducks on the menu.SAV-SPR1Savanna Sparrow above. Below: Wet-crowned Sparrow who would be known as Golden-crowned under dryer conditions.wcs2WET-CROWNED SPRO

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 24, 2017 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM.  Comments:     rain
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  15
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  30
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  50
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     second year bird, overhead
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  11
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  12
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  30     singing males
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

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