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Posted by: atowhee | April 24, 2018

GRAND ISLAND MORNING

I went to Grand Island this morning with three other birders.  We were invited to bird along a creek on an organic farm.  “Organic” means bugs, bugs mean birds.  Brightest spot of the morning was this singing male Common Yellowthroat (no females seen, of course):ct on gi3ct on gi4cy cu The warblers were out-numbered by the many singing Song Sparrows in the creekside thickets.  Here’s one between tunes: sosp stillJust before we left we heard drumming, and finally tracked this little Downy.  He was proclaiming his territorial rights at the top of this long-dead tree trunk with its nice wooden tone:down up2

Grand Island, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 24, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:20 AM. 24 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  5
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  6
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  40
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  5
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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