Posted by: atowhee | July 25, 2017


A bright and sunny morning, with the temperature headed above 90 this afternoon. I tasted a couple of blackberries. They are still tart but the juice is rich and a few more days of hot sun and there’ll be sugar enough to please even Nora’s sensitive palate. The sweetest berries, naturally, are those still on the vines just as desiccation sets in at the end of the season. Though I have seen berry pickers already it is a bit too early for the best flavor.
At Joe Dancer Park the swallows were busy, a Kestrel was hunting the ball fields and a young Bewick’s Wren was out exploring his new world. bw scruffbw take-off
The unmown grasslands were white with Queen Anne’s lace now in full flower. Bits of thistle fluff still float across the sky and fields.

Eating lunch outside near the feeders today: pair of chickadees and a single, young RB Nuthatch came and went repeatedly…taking sunflower chips each time. A male House Finch alighted in one platform and just munched away. Later a male House Sparrow came, ditto.HOFI HOTTIMG_2209
The young swifts, hatched in our chimney, get louder every day. I see them out in the air with their parents. But when they are resting back inside the sputtering and cheeping is formidable in volume. The chimney as echo chamber helps, no doubt.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 25, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. 15 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group]) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 3
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 5
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2


  1. That sounds like a very nice outing! We don’t have Bewick’s, Violet-greens, Collared Doves, Vaux’s, or Stellar’s here in Maryland — very jealous.

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