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Posted by: atowhee | November 16, 2017

Lookin’ Out My Back Door

November 16  A Morning at the Feeders

Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

–John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater

When I arrive at the back door it is 7:25AM.  A Collared-Dove is already present though only crumnbs remain from yesterday.  I go out and spread sunflower seed among the feeders and put some on the roofed over cement for the birds that like feeding near the earth itself.  It’s only 43.5 degrees but the rain has not resumed, yet.

7:50 the first songbirds arrive: juncos, siskins and House Sparrows.  The sparrows incessant chirping sounds from the dense shrubs and hydrangea vines alone the fence.

8:00  The juncos now are in double digits. The first squirrel arrives and the small birds scatter.

8:15  The temp is now up to 44.2.  The lone Song Sparrow arrives, feeds, departs.  Collared-Doves are back; I see over a dozen siskins now.

8:26 First Red-breasted Nuthatch of the day makes quick raids on one feeder, striking in the midst of the siskins who just stand around stuffing their tiny but expandable bellies.

8:30  Pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees arrive.  They often come together, sometimes a quartet, but they do not share feeders the way finches and sparrows will.

8:37 A female Spotted Towhee appears from the shadows and feeds on the ground with juncos and siskins all around her.  There are now at least 15 siskins visible.

8:45  The Black-capped Chickadee appears alone, feeds, leaves.  Temp is now 44.5.

9:00 A light drizzle, or is it heavy mist, has begun.  Siskins and juncos persist.

9:25 The precip is heavier now.  No birds can be seen.

9:40  There are now four squirrels. The chatter, chase and generally act squirrelly.  Juncos and House Sparrows mostly on the ground as feeders are taken by the mammals.  House Sparrows do use the small hanging ceramic feeder where squirrels won’t fit.

10:00 Now it’s rain.  No animals seen when lookin’ out my back door.

10:15 Still raining.  Juncos, over a dozen siskins and the lone Golden-crowned Sparrow joins them, on the ground as is a sparrow’s wont.

Dog walk ensues.

Noon.  Must be lunch time.  Birds galore including the Red-breasted Nuthatch pair, together yet apart.

3:30 P.M.  I glance out the door in passing: the Bushtit tribe is at the suet.

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820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 16, 2017 7:30 AM
Protocol: Incidental
11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  12
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  15
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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