Posted by: atowhee | November 2, 2017


For the second time in three years a White-throated Sparrow has appeared in our garden.  Both times it has been in the first half of November…so I should not expect him to stay around.  His presence does up the number of sparrows species, adding to the daily crowd for the season: Song, Golden-crowned, Spotted Towhee and numerous juncos.  Any Fox Sparrows sightings have occurred only in mid-winter so far.

When I lived in Ashland White-throated Sparrows would show up in fall and stay all winter at Ashland Pond and some other sites.  They were most often found among a flock of wintering Golden-crowns, their near and heftier cousins.

[photos follow checklist below]

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 2, 2017. 14 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1–an infrequently seen resident, loves suet
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  12
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1–will this one stay all winter?  his fellows have left already…
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


Yesterday Melanie Byers-Jones got this photo of two Bald Eagles at Tualatin River.  The immature bird is lifting off.  Melanie was too far away to tell what they brought the big birds to earth but the refuge is full of waterfowl at this time of year…eagles--TualGALLERY
Line of Cacklers over Joe Dancer.
Within reach, Downy-style.DOWO STRETCH2IMG_1244Black-capped Chickadee hidden in rowan tree.BCC HDNGCS ON GRNDGroundling sparrows: Golden-crowned above, Song-ster below.songstBewick’s Wren is a diner not a cacher…he stuck to the suet feeder, never showing his face…that variegated tail tells the tale.WRENTALE

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