Posted by: atowhee | July 14, 2018


My suet log just hangs around these days.  Not even the usually greedy starlings care.  The insect population must be at its peak.  Vaux’s Swifts come and go from their nest in our chimney.  This is the time for screech-owls to nest, moths are abundant at street lights.  The Red-breasted Nuthatch honks, and hunts, but ignores the suet he seems to relish in winter.  Chickadees pass it by, no woodpeckers appear and the Bushtits are rarely seen The local hummers hunt the outer twigs and needles of our trees.
Speaking of same, I just read The Fastest Things on Wings.  Exciting book about North America’s smallest birds by a woman who is a hummer rehab expert in southern California.  She saves dozens every year.

One factoid that struck me…in season a single hummer can eat 200 to 30 fruit flies in a single day.

Today I was impressed by what appears to be nuthatch contortion, or is it yoga?rbn upsiderbn upside2rbn upside3One of several swifts over our garden mid-day:vs-flis

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 14, 2018 6:00 AM.  10 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  6
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1

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