Posted by: atowhee | January 16, 2018


There were random displays of beauty today.  A rainbow arching over a grand old oak.  Green-winged Teal at close range in perfect light.  Heather and primroses already in bloom.  The songs of sex-crazed Red-winged Blackbird males, and even a Song Sparrow spoke up.

There have been OBOL reports of nesting Anna’s Hummingbirds recently in Oregon.  In coastal California I’ve seen the female on eggs at Christmas. Like crossbills, the nesting impulse in Anna’s hummers seems to be directly tied to food supply.  When there’s food, there’ll be nesting.  With climate change we should expect more and more females to stay here and not migrate out, thus more winter nesting.

When dog and I got to the end of Pinot Noir (street, not the wine supply), I looked across the treeline for any birds.  Making a full circle, as I turned back to the north along Baker Creek a magic Merlin Peregrine had appeared.  His approach and arrival, unseen  by me.  But that explained why there were no sparrows visible.  He was dining.  MERL-AMERL-BMERL-CAbout twenty minutes after I took these pictures I looked at the Merlin Peregrine from afar and saw him beaking the gore off his talons.

Was this guy really making holes in this home?  Or just checking to make sure the flashing was secure?ACWO-BLDG

acwo bldg2BRITE=BOWOAK-BOWclwdsMallard of Merlot Marsh:MARSH MALLSome of the ducks of No Name pond:no name pondRWB-ONEAbove, this  male was singing at Merlot Marsh, then a second male flew in to join the competition.  Still no females could be seen.RWB COMPETERWB FEEDERWARBLERS: ONE OF EACH

Both the Audubon’s and Myrtle Warbler showed up today in our garden, at different times.  The Townsend’s returned as well.  This is the richest warbler day here that I have recorded.

Merlot Marsh–private land, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 16, 2018.  6 species

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1–doing territorial flight
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  20–singing males

Pinot Noir Drive NW, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 16, 2018.  17 species

Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  10
Peregrine 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

No Name Pond, McMinnville, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 16, 2018.  7 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  15
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  15
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  6
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  3

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