Posted by: atowhee | August 29, 2017


Heat and smoke continue. No nearby forest fires but this smoke is apparently coming from the eastern slope of the Cascades. It was only 59.8 degrees when I got up just before 7am, dropped down below 59 and then began to rise after 730AM. No significant rain all summer. Rare.
The blackberries are almost over. Apple trees dropping fruit on the ground and roadsides.
Yesterday at Yamhill Sewer Ponds a friend and I found three Lesser Yellowlegs along the first pond, active goldfinches in the weeds with seeds and a Red-tail on a fence post. REDDY1REDDY2REDDY3
There was a flock of swifts over the ponds along with the usual Barn and Violet-green Swallows. One waxwing was also flycatching out above the water, moving more slowly and less gracefully than the swallows who are designed for such hunting. The swallows, swifts and yellowlegs will all be migrating south.
AW-OAKCall this oak diving?AW-OAK2AW-OAK3AW-OAK4AW-OAK5Creeper who had come into our garden for a drink:BC AT DAWNBC AT DAWN2Stansding beneath some tall oaks I heard a woodpecker hammering overhead, then an oak gal fell and bounced in front of me. I look up and see a Downy working away on other galls. He is after the larvae that live inside those galls.DOWNYUPDOWNYUP2A killer lurks…KILLER 2 LURKSKILLER LURKSLCHN1LCHN2
A BUshtit flock came through the garden and I had to shoot through the closed window. Two sat on the edge of a platform feeder, befuddled. They must have been young, all the “wise” Bushtits went straight to the suet feeders, as on flatbt-two2
Today at Joe Dancer Park I watched a male Anna’s Hummingbird make a territorial dive over another hummer perched in a bare sapling top. Then he settled on a branch about a foot away. Finally the perched female took wing and drove the pushy fellow off toward the horizon.ah back

Yamhill Sewage Ponds
(restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 28, 2017 9:50 AM – 10:40 AM. 15 species

Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 20
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 20
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 50
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) X one flycatching over the sewer ponds among the swallows
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

Joe Dancer Park
, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 29, 2017 10:10 AM. 7 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group]) 1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X


  1. What about the dog picts? Seems a bit small to be Nora. BTW, is Nora 100% now?

    m a

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