Posted by: atowhee | August 20, 2017

LITTLE VISITORS REAPPEAR

Yesterday I got pictures of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in our garden, first of this species in some time. I doubt they breed here in the valley. From Mid-May through July I rarely see them here. Presumably that is the height of their breeding season and they are in wet conifer forests in the region. Their Black-capped cousins nest near our home and come frequently, often several times per day and sometimes accompanying or accompanied by the Red-breasted Nuthatches.
They always announce their presence with a few blasts on their tiny whistles, then flutter about the feeders, selecting exactly the right sunflower chip before taking it off to chisel tinier bits to swallow.cbch eatzcbch firstcbch first2Bead of water on the beak tip:cbch lookA Downy flew in for lunch while we ere having ours:down-upp
How often do squirrel acrobatics lead to tragedy?sq-batsq-bat1sq-bat2sq-bat4sq-bat5
BERRY BIRDSAt Joe Dancer Park this morning, one small flocks of berry birds were flitting around the trees along the river:robins and waxwings. Some fruit crop must have been ripe. I could not see what it was.ww inshade

MY MCMINNVILLE-BASED FALL BIRDING CLASS IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. CLICK HERE FOR THE PARK 7 REC PROGRAM GUIDE. THE BIRD CLASS IS ON PAGE 24. OCT, 7 THRU 21. THREE TALKS, THREE WALKS.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 19, 2017. 11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 2 first of season
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group]) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 15
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 20, 2017 10:30 AM. 10 species

Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 40
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20


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