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Posted by: atowhee | June 22, 2018

YAMHILL SUBIRDIA

June 21, Thursday

It is scrumping* season. Today I ate my first scrumped cherry of the year.  This cherry was on a low branch that hung over the sidewalk from beyond a neighbor’s fence.  It invited my attention as I passed. I was happy to oblige.  No cherry should be wasted and I feel my right is equal to that of the local scrub-jays who certainly take their share from my own trees.  I noticed elsewhere that apple trees are beginning to shed their excess hard, green pellets onto the sidewalk and into the gutter.  In one garden two blueberry plants seductively show their blue berries just a foot off the sidewalk. Fruits of temptation…

The lavenders are now in full bloom.  One neighbor’s garden had an even dozen and those plants were abuzz with small golden bees.  Down the street a front garden had fourteen mature lavenders in bloom and here single large bee was among the myriad golden ones.  I wish them much nectar on this longest day of the year.  And here it is a day overcast with mild temperatures.

Below are checklists showing some of the species found in Yamhill County’s “subirdia.” Today I was particularly pleased to see a male Bullock’s Oriole inside the city limits of McMinnville, along Pinot Noir Drive (there are no vineyards on this short street) but I suspect there is some wine inside the homes.BEE1BEE2Male oriole with food in beak:BO-MCMBO-MCM2BO-MCM3BO-MCM4Young Pied-billed Grebes on No Name Pond:PGB YNG

June 22   Life is ebullient, nature profligate.  Some blackberry canes now rise twelve feet above the ground.  A hydrangea in our garden glows with creamy white clusters of florets, each cluster eight inches across.  Early today an ant hive somewhere near our home hatched hundreds of black flying ants, maybe thousands.  I found many of them floating on a pool of water.  Strained off with a net, they quickly dried and began flying again.  A dandelion undetected can bloom and go to seed in less than 48 hours.  On open ground a bindweed seems to spread several inches per day.  Our feeders are largely ignored by birds though collared-doves and squirrels still visit—food is abundant and freshly supplied as warmth and photosynthesis overload this bit of earth with sugars and proteins in many forms. Today I picked fresh cherries and peas for lunch.

Deceased American Goldfinch next to sidewalk.  Live robin, next to godliness.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 21, 2018. 
11 species

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  2
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  2
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 22, 2018. 17 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  10
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

Merlot Marsh–private land, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 19, 2018. 9 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Merlot Marsh–private land, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 20, 2018. 9 species

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Pinot Noir Drive NW, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 19, 2018. 14 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Pinot Noir Drive NW, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 20, 2018. 12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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