Posted by: atowhee | April 18, 2018


Oh to be in Oregon, now that spring has sprung.  No rain, believe it or not, but much happening after generous watering and a bit of warmth.  New bloomers include redbud, dogwood, camas and bluebells.  But better yet, the spring migration is advancing through the Willamette Valley.  Our Wednesday morning walk on the Linfield College campus brought me two new birds for the year and a another first.  New: Black-throated Gray Warbler and two Lincoln’s Sparrows.  The first: American Goldfinches in breeding plumage.  Singers this morning included: Bewick’s Wren, Song Sparrows, robins, White-breasted Nuthatch, flickers, Orange-crowned Warblers.  We saw a pair of Bushtits pulling moss and lichen from a tree limb for nest-building.

Here, one of the two Lincoln’s Sparrows, a difficult target…a small, quick, skulker who stays low and often out of sight.  Was the wing fluff meant as some kind of warning to another bird?ls lowls low2Singing wren:bw singzSee bottom of this blog for checklist from the morning walk.

OFF CAMPUS AROUND MCMINNVILLEBW THRU WNDWChestnut-backed Chickadee in our garden:CBCH UPPDogwood  not yet bleached out; rhodie acting luminous.D-WOOD1GCS-GRNDYesterday, for second straight day, this harrier was in tree along Baker Creek Road:HARR-TREEDCamellia row:IMG_2832RHODDTV over Joe Dancer Park:TVLinfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 18, 2018 7:55 AM – 9:05 AM.  26 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  5
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  12

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