Posted by: atowhee | September 3, 2017

A SEPTEMBER SUNDAY

Sept. 3, McMinnville
There are collared-dove feathers scattered all over. Some I even find floating on top of water. They are in full molt according to the evidence. Good time of year, plenty of food, good sources of protein and no migration to sap energy.
The dog and I arrived at Joe Dancer around 920AM, only a few Barn Swallows low over the grasstures (that would be cross between grass field and pastures) used for soccer or farming. By the time we left at 1010AM there were at least fifty coursing low and undulating like waves.
I still see bits of thistle fluff floating through the air, looking for a place to begin next spring’s invasion of the needles.
The birds were concentrated around the southwest corner of the wetlands park where there is open water and dense shrubbery: goldfinch, Purple Finch, yellowthroat, Willow Flycatcher, Anna’s Hummingbird. The Bushtit flock was also near water, but that was along the river.bt-riverbt-river2Bushtits above, Willow Fly refusing to look at the camera, but he had no eye-ring and a hefty beak.W-F
HARVEST FAIR. The blackberries are at peak sugar. The ripe ones are fructose full. The red-osier dogwoods with their roots in the damp are covered with berries that actually get paler and become a creamy white when ripe.RODROD3Nature has many fine harvesters: squirrels, jays, bees. All are busy this time of year.haRVEST1HArvest2BEE-GOODOne of the Chestnut-backed Chickadees that are now passing through our garden. They do not mix with the Black-caps…yet.cbc cuThis vole was at Wennerberg, poisoned I suspect as there were no marks on the body and no predator would be stupid enough to leave this tasty morsel lying about in the sun, right? DEAD VOLEYoung heron, outstanding in his field, panting in the sun. Streaky throat means it is a first-year bird.GBH PANTYoung Savannah at Wennerberg.SAVAN1TV PASA

Joe Dancer Park
, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 3, 2017 9:20 AM – 10:09 AM. 12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1 with acorn
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) 50
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 30


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