Posted by: atowhee | May 19, 2017


“It is remarkable that only small birds properly sing.”   –Charles Darwin
Ed. note: how else are they going to be noticed?

The dog and I did our bird walk in Carlton this morning.  First stop was Carlton Sewer Ponds: Wood Ducks among the Mallards. I did not see any ducklings among them. Several feeding swallows hunted over the ponds, but it wasn’t just insects they were after.  One Rough-winged and one Barn plucked floating bit of duck down off the surface of the pond and flew with it back to the nest(s) that are underway this time of year.

At Wennerberg the birdsong was sounding like a junior high classroom of students with the teacher gone.  Song from all sides, often two or three voices came from the same species in a sing-off competition.  Black-headed Grosbeaks were the loudest of course.  But there were whispering Yellow Warblers in the cottonwoods, Song Sparrows announcing their ownership of various thickets, a Warbling Vireo warbling, both goldfinches singing about the warm morning or an expected great thistle seed crop to come.  I could pick out the sweet notes of Purple Finches, a Raven’s croaking, robins’ whinnies, starling exclamations and whistles, the emphatic music of a Bewick’s Wren.

A female American Goldfinch was standing calmly next to a puddle.  Then studly Dudley came fluttering in to land next to her…she cut him by turning her back.  Take that…AMGO-FMLAMGO TWOAMGO TWO-2AMGO TWO-3Female and male, fence-sitters:AG-FMLAG-MALEAG-MALE2

Acorn:AW-SUNPassing speck against the blue, below, passing Barn Swallow:AW-SUN2

Carlton City Sewer Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 19, 2017 10:10 AM – 10:20 AM.  9 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  20
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  1

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 19, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  25 species [this is most species I’ve ever seen here in single visit]

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2     fly over
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  8
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  10
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  5
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  10
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


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