Posted by: atowhee | August 3, 2017


August 3 The dog and I were at Wennerberg Park while the air was still but not yet sunburned. Later in the day the heat subdued almost all activity outdoors beyond a few flying insects, photosynthesis, and the gentle sprinkle of leaves and needles from trees assaulted by the sun. The forest fire smoke made the air dingy so it was impossible to really think that even noon was broad daylight, dust and dusk hung in the ashen air.
Around 945 am the birds were all strung out along Wennerberg’s creek. Life-giving water had attracted predator and prey alike. Two widely separated wood-pewees were both flycatching over the stream. In one large bankside maple a trio of Pacific-slope Flycatchers were busy among the large leaves. Their proximity likely meant they were a family group. They prefer to be less conspicuous that their pewee cousins higher in the trees, unafraid on more exposed perches. In a sunny thicket of willows growing up from the water a young Common Yellowthroat plied his bug-biting trade. As I write this I see a Red-breasted Nuthatch fly down to one of our birdbaths and drink deeply. This portion of the garden is shaded beneath the dense canopy of dawn redwoods. Yet these trees are now shedding both small limbs and individual needles as the hot, dry summer hints of the impending heavier falls of fall. At the far end of the garden a large evergreen magnolia has also begun to shed its leathery leaves. At no time does it lose them all, unlike the dawn redwoods who will greet the winter with naked limbs.CT PEEPS OUT2Yellowthroat.CY PEEPS OUTFLICK-AFlicker and pewee #1.PAIRD UPPA flycatcher in the willow, but not a Willow Fly, just pewee #2.WWPW IN WILOCW-SHAD1Waxwings beug shady, and shaded,characters.CW-TWOCW-TWOAYoung Song Sparrow trying to look scruffy rather than downright grungy.SCRUFF SPAROAction at the sewer ponds, where Barn and Violet-green Swallows were feeding and fence-sitting.SHORE1SHORE2SWLLOZ

Here’s yesterday’s pewee at Joe Dancer, and a sure sign that summer is sliding toward winter:p-wee
red leaves
As the heat increased this afternoon our birdbath resembled a waterhole in the desert: here bathing Robin attended by two thirsty House Finches and unseen were a pair of collared-doves awaiting their turn:ROB-HOF
Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 3, 2017 9:45 AM – 10:25 AM. 13 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1

Carlton City Sewer Ponds
(restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 3, 2017 9:20 AM – 9:35 AM. 7 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 20
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 15
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 3

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