Posted by: atowhee | May 11, 2017


They’re baaaaack.  Cedar Waxwings.  First a group of about twenty swirled across the Yamhill River (south) and landed atop a tree.  Then over the next few minutes we two birders watched other small groups join.  Six arrived, then ten, then a few more.  They formed a cohesive coterie.  They often behave like fourteen year old primates on a school outing, cavorting, chasing, shuffling around.  These birds chose to sit unusually still, with a minimal amount of flutter and fluster, but even this group was never settled, never satisfied.  That does not suit the waxwing personality.  This is a species with the innate will to congregate and an ability to fly in tight clumps that few landbirds can equal. They fly about like sandpipers of the forest canopy.cw1cw2cw3cw4cw5This Brown Creeper was straight overhead, giving us only a back shot.bc3This male House Finch was at my garden feeder.hf1In an afternoon visit the dog and I encountered this duo: robin and Townsend’s chipmunk.rnc

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.  18 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  50
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X     heard singing
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  3

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 11, 2017 4:15 PM – 4:40 PM. 10 species

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1     singing
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1     calling
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X     at least two singing individuals

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