Posted by: atowhee | May 3, 2018


The Trappist human residents were quiet this morning, as usual.  The birds who nest and roost and court and feed on the Trappist land…they were as vocal, broadcasting their spring song near and far.  Loudest of all, one of the Pileated Woodpeckers in the deep woods.PW-APW-BPW-CIMG_5591The flowers on the abbey land were whispering in the wind, much quieter than the vocal birds:goldfieldIMG_5603irisOn such a spring morning, even the poison oak is beautiful.iris2Why did the woolly bear cross the road?woolly bere


The two adult Bewick’s Wrens in our garden were ferrying food to their nestlings today.  We use no sprays so there should be plenty of insects and arachnids, plus suet. The prey is getting bigger.  Here’s one adult with a spider:bw with foodClick on any image to see it full with food2bw with food3bw with food4FEMALE TOWHEE AT THE FEEDERst female2st leans over

Trappist Abbey trails, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 3, 2018 10:20 AM – 11:00 AM. 15 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  X
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  X

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 3, 2018.  10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2     both adults seen carrying food to nestlings
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  20
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

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