Posted by: atowhee | July 21, 2017


My wife and I are the proud sponsors of Vaux’s Swifts, the 2017 edition. Today we saw the parents and at least three young swirling over our house and garden…we heard the calling and wing woofing in our chimney earlier in the morning. So this family has apparently fledged three this year. It almost feels like being a grandparent all over again. And no diapers…
We are not Swift Family Robinson, but could we be Swift Family Fuller? It’s a name to be proud of.

There was a Bewick’s Wren singing from just beyond our garden fence at mid-day. Both the chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches have returned after disappearing during their nesting period in late spring. Obversely the starling s have all but vanished for now, too much good food on the area farms I suspect.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 21, 2017. 9 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 5 includes three young who fledged from our chimney
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X


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