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Posted by: atowhee | April 16, 2018

RELENTLESS RAIN, DILIGENT DIPPER

April 16, Baker Creek is running high, fast and opaque.  Has to be difficult for any bird trying to find food in the stream.  I wonder about the two Common Mergansers I have seen twice on the stream in the past week.  They can’t go out and graze a pasture like some mere wigeon or mallard…

This morning the adult dippers were forced to do their hunting up on the rocks along creek, not in the water itself.  Still, at 740 AM I watched an adult deliver a beaker of food to the nestlings.   They, in turn, responded with their program of squeals. Meanwhile, the impervious water streamed oast, still five feet below the secure nest on its convenient ledge beneath the cement bridge. Surely the bridge builders had no idea…

It is possible to provide nest platform for dippers in the suitable creeks and under bridges.  They will readily adopt a well-placed shelf.

 

It is now seven days since I first located the dippers’ nest on April 9.  The young were already big enough to poke their mouths outside the best entrance so they must be at least 10-12 days old, halfway to fledging…so I expect that to happen this month.  I will try to make a daily visit.

I don’t see this often…harrier in a tree.  This soaked individual was in a small grove north of Baker Creek Road just west of the Mormon Church.harr in treeSome garden birds that will be leaving soon:gcs-limbgrnd-sisIMG_2623The Golden-crowned Sparrows and siskins will head off to their forests for the breeding season one of these days, assuming we have a real spring and summer.  For now, they weather the weather.

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 16, 2018.  6 species

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 16, 2018.  7 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  50
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  1

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 16, 2018. 11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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