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Posted by: atowhee | November 5, 2017

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO SPARROWNESS

The White -throated Sparrow has now been visiting our feeders for four days.  Today I got to see him take a bath even though it rained all night and never warmed above 50 degrees.  He shared the bath with a male House Sparrow and then finally drove that bird away.SPRS-FINEI took all these pictures through window glass as I feared an opening door would scare the birds away.SPRSSPRS6SPRS7SPRS10SPRS11SPRS-TWOSPRS-TWOB

The White-throated Sparrow does breed north of Oregon, in eastern British Columbia and southeastern Yukon.  However, most of that population migrates southward along the eastern slopes of the Rockies.  Only a few find themselves coming down the Pacific Slope for the winter so they are regular but scarce in this area and down into the Bay Area.

GALLERYBT-GRILLBT-GRILL2How small are Bushtits, really?  Above they are alone, but below yo can compare them with a female House Sparrow!BT-SP2BW-TUBE2SPOTTDNote Junco in the background:SPTTD2Man and nature in contrast:R-BOWW (1)TREEZTREEZ2Walnut in NovemberWALNT

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 5, 2017. 12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  3
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  10
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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