Posted by: atowhee | November 18, 2017


November 18
On one of the rainiest days this week I spotted a hummer sitting out in the wet in a neighbor’s garden.  I took some blurred pictures in the very low light.  Then, I see it is a female Anna’s Hummingbird though usually it is only males that over-winter here in the Willamette Valley.ANHUFEMANHUFEM2

Tsunami of siskins.  There have been some incoming tides of the streaky little finches—one, two, a half dozen, fifteen, thirty.  Yesterday dozens flowed across our garden.  My wife spotted an airborne flock over the trees around our house.  Some of those siskins broke off and dropped down into our garden while the rest went into a neighbor’s trees. Now there were over sixty siskins—on feeders, on the pavement, inside the hanging ceramic globe, on limbs and walking the fencetop.SI8SKMULTI3SISKFORMSISKFORM2SISKFORM4SISKFORM5During a lull in the rain and wind the dog and I went out onto the patio and sat beneath the roof there.  The siskins ignored us and flew down to begin clearing the sunflower seeds off the cement.  We were ignored, as far as these birds were concerned we were beyond their sis-ken.SISKMULTIThe birds with bright yellow wash on their wings are the adults.SISKMULTI2SISKONESISKTWO

Time of the year here for a fungus fair.MROOM2MROOM3MROOM4MROOM7MROOM8MROOMS6MROOMS7MROOOM1yel-rooms

A Pileated Woodpecker was trumpeting his presence along the river in Joe Dancer Park this morning.  I believe this species only uses the riparian forest during the winter, after breeding season. At the north end of the park there was a Lincoln’s Sparrow along the wetlands.
Overlooking the rodent-rich fields, a hungry scrutinizer:REDTAILUPP

Yamhill River South rolling brown and muddy and up into the trees along the bank.BRWN RIVRBW ON BLKBewick’s Wren above, at the suet.  Below a Golden-crowned Sparrow, I thought, but whpo;s that blur in the background?  Mr. Bewick, it seems.GC AND WRENSONGSTRSQRLFORMAnd day with even modest visibility will offer numerous chances to watch a V or line of geese flying overhead, usually with vocal accompaniment…not necessarily musical.CAGO LINEDStill some color to be found on the more grasping trees.COLOURYet even the stubborn oaks are losing their leaves.  Can be a galling experience…or perhaps de-galling more accurate.  Degall in French must be DeGaulle, oui?GALLING
820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 17, 2017.  12 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
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
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  60
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 18, 2017 10:20 AM.  9 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1



  1. A tsunami of siskins is a beautiful thing.


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