Posted by: atowhee | June 30, 2017


Question: how can you assemble a quorum of non-political Turkey Vultures?
Answer: mow your hay field and they will come.
Nothing like a freshly mown field to serve up sliced and diced rodent and reptile and insect for the  profound, discerning delectation of our local scavengers.  No tidbit will be wasted. Here are some of the ten TVs in a mown field along Baker Creek Road this evening:tv facingtv times 5

After reading this blog, Barbara Millikan sent me this poem she had written:

Festival of the Harvest
In the evening sun, 
The great paddle wheel revolves, 
pushing the grain into the scything blades
where it falls onto the metal platform to be carried 
forward inexorably.  
The combine’s belts turn, 
separating grain
 from straw, chaff, rodents, frogs, rabbits, snakes
all the rest fed to the chopper and sprayed 
back onto the field 
Minced meat for the descending 
vultures, crows, ravens, blackbirds. 
The feasting begins.

Here is rock in stream at 19850 Baker Creek Road, the furthest downstream I’ve seen Dipper evidence on that creek.  We Dippsomaniacs refer to this fecal staining as “dipperwash.”dpprwashCW IN SHADEGlamorous Cedar Waxwing above.  Stolid Huse Sparrow below.HOSPRJoe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 29, 2017 11:50 AM – 12:35 PM. 12 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group])  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 30, 2017 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Comments:     Dipperwash seen on rocks as far downstream as bridge next to driveway for 19850 Baker Creek Road
20 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  12
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X


  1. I’ve seen them gather for a convention in the cow pasture next to me… they like the cow patties.

  2. […] Click here for yesterday’s blog about the TVs working the newly mown cafeteria, ‘er fiel…Above: Red-tail present.  Below: Red-tail exits sky left.Sorry about this shaky image: robin on her nest…Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US Jul 1, 2017 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM.   22 species […]

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