Posted by: atowhee | July 27, 2018


The noisiest birds these days seem to be the juvenile grosbeaks.  They crash around in willows and maples at Wennerberg Park.  They seem to not know their own bulk so they land on tiny, spindly twigs that then bend and sway and knock about the nearby twigs creating a little whirl of motion.
Most of the bird action was in the willows lining the creek.  Besides the grosbeaks there were subtle movements of finches, a Willow Flycatcher, Song Sparrow and Yellow Warbler.

There was an Osprey going up the creek (so-called river) at Wennerberg this morning.  Not sure where he could have been headed.  The creek is so shallow he wouldn’t dare dive for a fish even if he saw one.  Maybe there is a large pond north of Carlton.  It;s many miles to Hagg Lake from there.

To see close up of robin puling worm, or grosbeak looking about or acorn woodpecker peeking over top of pole, simply click on selected image.

The woodpecker photo came from Michelbook and 13th in McMinnville.  It’s home to one of the few colonies of Acorn Woodpeckers in the city limits.  The colony at the north end of Pinot Noir Drive is now threatened with destruction–preliminary plans to put housing in that open area calls for essentially clear-cutting those oaks.  That would destroy the colony and the birds as there are no vacant oak groves in the Willamette Valley.

In the plant world things are looking fruitful.  Below we see red osier covered with unripened berries.  Blackberries and crowding hawthorns are also fruit-laden.  The only fungi above ground these days are the hard-coated shelf fungus like the one on this willow trunk.  Meanwhile, trailing  bindweed seems about to cover every dry, open spot available.  Plant seeds are now the most common flying object, not birds, not even gnats. Across the sky float the almost weightless seeds of dandelion and thistle.  The tiny central kernel is borne aloft by numerous fine, fibrous filaments that catch any air current even when the tree leaves are still and every blade of grass is still.


Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 27, 2018 9:40 AM.   20 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1     unusual at this location
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Yellow Warbler (Northern) (Setophaga petechia [aestiva Group])  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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