Posted by: atowhee | February 23, 2018


Cold overnight.
7AM this morning it was 21 degrees; the Juncos are at feeder leavings from the day before.  Their calorie calculus must include a survival equation: minimum calorie intake required to maintain nexcessary body heat for survival.  In short, gimme calories. I generally feed sunflower seeds which are calorie and oil rich.  With the whole seeds the husks are rejected by the birds, leaving a layer of rejected husks.  Among the smaller birds even the shelled seeds are delicately peeled, leaving thin, pale skins lying about.  It becomes a fine, pale chaff.  On the ground it quickly becomes mulch.

730AM  Collared-doves and Golden-crowned Sparrows join the junco crowd.
739AM  Female Spotted Towhee arrives, male not seen yet.
806AM  Myrtle Warbler arrives, Black-capped Chickadee, squirrels and Golden-crowned Sparrows among the ubiquitous juncos.
820AM  In the garden the scrub-jay can be heard.  The overnight cold has frozen the grass, sun glints off the blades as if they were slender shards of glass.  Grass as glass.  While many of the tender plants droop under the icy hand of winter, the hardy artemesia is in full bloom and full strength.

848AM  Audubon’s Warbler shows up, flashing his bright yellow throat.
905AM First House Finch appears on feeder platform.  I scatter more seeds.  Almost immediately the juncos, sparrows and Myrtle Warbler reappear.  House Sparrow flies straight to the suet feeder.
1030AM  Bewick’s Wren, trio of Myrtle Warblers and lone Audubon’s Warbler flutter about.  The myrtles chase one another.

Flicker seen at the feeders.
Call him “Audie,” the handsome Audubon’s Warbler.  He eschews the myrtles.  They might as well be Killdeer for all he cares.

audieaudie2audie3BWTBewick’s butt above.  Myrtle at suet:MYRT-FACEThe male after he left his snug roost:S-T FLATTcold artyArtemesia above. The crowd gathers:crowd 2Grass shards in sunlight:ice lawn

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 23, 2018 7:00 AM. 12 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  25
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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