Posted by: atowhee | May 21, 2017


Imagine you’re a fair-sized hawk.  Further imagine you have hungry teenagers to feed.  It’s a bright, sunny day and you’re hanging out near afield that often yields up a rodent or even a snake when the sun is warm. You need to catch and deliver. You generally ignore the small birds in the same field. But it’s never that simple.

That blackbird flew several attacks on the Red-tail.  Earlier this week I saw three Crows driving a Cooper’s Hawk from one perch to another.  The Coop is at least a direct threat as he’s a bird-eater.  There’s no way the Red-tail could catch a blackbird or get to its nest, but a raptor is a raptor in birdland.

This Acorn Woodpecker was at Wennerberg Park, rn1ac rn2Along Westside Road just south of Carlton is this great, old barn.  Kudos to the owners who maintain it so well while many barns of similar vintage are abandoned or left to tumble down.  None of these old barns really fit modern farming with its penchant for huge machines, gigantic hay bails and pole barns of metal.  But here the owners persist.swllo barnAnd even better is the fact that they let the Cliff Swallow colony flourish under the barn’s eavesP:swll-aswll-bswll-cswll-dswll-eWhile I was photographing the swallows I noticed a glimmer of sheep smarts…evidence that not all canards about their stupidity should be believed.  Young sheep using a living step ladder to reach tree limbs, and the stolid old ram allowing such use:sheep co-op

Nut to you, Mr. Squirrel.  Peanuts to be exact:sqr-asqr-b

Wild rose:ross.JPGWennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
19 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X

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