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Posted by: atowhee | February 26, 2018

TOWN CRIER ON ALERT

305PM in our garden:  Four loud screams from the local scrub-jay.  I had not heard or seen him all day.  In swoops the Cooper’s Hawk, seconds after the alarm went out.  He landed without a catch, and then sulked off to hide for awhile, hoping small birds forget he’s around.  Do the juncos and finches ever bother to thank their loud-mouthed neighbor, the jay?

Here sits the Coop, nothing in his talons but a simple perch:IMG_4690IMG_4715The tell-tail, rounded for the Coop, more blunt for the Sharpie…and note in the lower image how the stubby wings barely make it into the picture…but fairly hefty talons, not like the flimsy little toes on a Sharpie.IMG_4722

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 26, 2018. 13 species

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  25
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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