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Posted by: atowhee | November 21, 2017

KINGLET CROWNS THE DAY

This time of year the little gangs of Golden-crowned Kinglets come down down from their mountain forests and forage here in the warmer valley.  My wife’s hearing is still sharp enough to pick up their constant high-pitched whispers.  She pointed me in the right direction.  For these high-toned voices, I am now limited to only visual clues, little bodies flitting through the trees too quickly to be chickadees, too short-tailed to be Bushtits.  I followed one through nearby brush.

This time of year Wennerberg Park becomes Wenner-bird Park, the leaves are mostly fallen and wintering birds gather in the thickets along the small river which now runs high with rain and silt.  So I kept after this guy and he finally gave me the crowning moment…bowing his boldly marked little pate. GCK AGCK BGCK CGCK DGCK EGCK FGCK GAcorn Woodpecker at a storage limb in McMinnville.AC DRILLSAH HUDDLEBC Chickadee contemplates his next move:BC FEEDSA recent dawn without rain:DAWNSmall portion of our siskinship, feeding on sunflower chips.  Today we had at least 75 at one time in our garden.  These assiduous little seed gobblers crowded our covered patio this morning.GANGGUTTRHouse Finch:HOFI IN TREEJLRVR HIGHSQRL MOUTHWhite-breasted Nuthatch in McMinnville oaks, final shot this morning at Wennerberg in the oaks there.WB IN OAKWB IN OAK2WB IN OAK3WB IN OAK4WB IN OAK5WB-WENN820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 21, 2017. 12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  75
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 21, 2017 11:00 AM.  12 species

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     adult bird
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  8
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X

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