Posted by: atowhee | July 30, 2017


Even by mid-morning it was so hot that most animals with warm blood were still or hiding in shade. My wife and I did find a few birds at Joe Dancer but the highlight today was visually chasing a pair of flame skimmers as they worked our pool:D-F

This pair was moving so fast I could not get anything more than blurred images with my camera. Online speed figures for dragonflies go from about four miles per hour for cruising speed to over 30 MPH when they are in a hurry. They bank, and turn and hover like a bird or helicopter.AMGOLDMALEAs summer heats up some plants are alrfeady surrendering. Herer is one of the many cow parsnips that have wilted and fallen:COWSNIP-This towheemale buzzed at me as I took his picture:ST BUZZZST LOOKSUp high these days the waxwugs seem to be everywhere:TWO WAXWAX1WAX2

I will be leading a trip to Summer Lake and Malheur NWR in September. There are two slots left. The trip is sponsored by Klamath Bird Observatory. One night a Summer Lake, then two Malheur. This will be just prior to the Oregon Birding Association meeting at Malheur, so if you were already going for that… That trip is Sept. 12-14 with an introductory talk on the evening of the 11th in Ashland. Here’s the webpage for the trip.

Here in McMinnville in October I will teach a birding class on our local autumn birds, includes three evening talks and three weekend field trips in the area. It will be sponsored by the McMinnville Park and Rec Dept. Registration is not open yet but let me know if you want to reserve a spot.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 30, 2017 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM. 8 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
Pruple Finch 2

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