Posted by: atowhee | February 11, 2018


Death in the Tree-Top

I watched a watcher this morning: a Sharp-shinned Hawk high in a tree just across the street from our garden bird feeders.  I am more likely to see a Coop here in McMinnville than its smaller cousin.ssh-watching

Along the North Yamhill River the alders have hung out their greencicles for the coming spring.alderHawthorns are reknowned among the berry birds for having waxy haws that don’t rot with the first freeze or extended rain…so today: robins on haws.robberies2robeatsroberries820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 11, 2018. 15 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  20
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 11, 2018. 10 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  8
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  100
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  25


  1. From my office today. Not much bigger than a robin. Note legs.



  2. Flat tail – got it. No Cooper he.

    So white feather patches on both girl Anna’s. Now a male has a few misplaced white feathers sticking up. I have concluded they are from all the dive bombing around the feeder. You will have to feed them when you are here. I stand outside now and all five come to the feeder in my hand. They have begun to trust, but Annie is still the only one who zooms right in.

    m a

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