Posted by: atowhee | May 9, 2017


The dog and I were at Joe Dancer Park early this morning.  Robins were singing from all sides.  A couple of Black-headed Grosbeaks added their longer tunes.  A flicker called a couple times.  An Osprey squealed down along the river.  There on the pavement was a fledgling robin, my first of the year. Overhead both parents were sounding the alarm.  Nora, the dog, ignores birds, finding their sounds  boring, their flight not worth pursuing. The adult robins wanted the youngster to get away from us but the clueless, gawky birdlet was more dazed than afraid.  It flew short distances, but its tail was sadly missing…still. Parenthood, a burden.

Later we saw a bright, fresh-feathered Chipping Sparrow in the right field fence.what tailWhat tail?pale gapeWorried parents alert to dog and bipedal predator with big central eye pointed at youngster.worried parentworried parent2Some distance away we found this remnant of a robin’s egg:AMRO EGGThe chipper Chipping Sparrow:CHSP FRNTCHSP JUMPSCHSP SIDECHSP TILTCHSP UPPCHSP WINGS

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 9, 2017 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM.  13 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1–my first of the year in Yamhill County
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  15



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