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Posted by: atowhee | August 26, 2018

A QUIET MORNING AT THE FEEDERS

McMinnville, August 26, 2018

710AM  The first bird I am aware of arrives near our feeders. I hear it singing in the trees, an American Goldfinch.

715AM  I fill all the feeder trays with sunflower seeds.
725AM The lone Red-breasted Nuthatch that frequents our garden in this season, arrives, takes single seed, moves off to secluded perch to peck it into tinier bits.  Then he returns two more times.  He does not linger on the tray to fee.  Young Spotted Towhee moves across the ground in the shadows. He’s still very brownish, his orange not vivid.  I have only seen the adults use the trays this month, not this youngster.  You have to be carefully taught…
740AM  The first House Finch of the day arrives on feeder, a juvenile.  Then quickly two more join, all three feeding on the same tray. Then an adult male House Finch arrives, making a quartet on single tray.  I see the first squirrel approach through the smoke tree, a youngster, very athletic.  He tries to gauge whether he can jump to the finches’ tray.  Decides not, drops onto easily accessed tray instead. He has temporarily scared off the finches.  I can hear a collared-dove cooing from some nearby perch. That monotonous call will continue on and off all morning.  They do NOT call when they are feeding.

805AM  The first two American Goldfinches of the morning arrive land on tray and eat.   No quick hits from finches as I see from nuthatch and chickadees.  They stay for thirty seconds or more.

835AM  Single squirrel arrives and feeds for a few minutes.

840AM  Female Anna’s Hummingbird appears. Heads to her favorite flowers, a cluster of lilies and some nearby geraniums.  One goldfinch arrives on tray, soon joined by single House Finch.

845AM Silence, feeders empty.
846AM A very scuzzy looking young goldfinch arrives, badly needing a complete molt job.
853AM  Three goldfinches and single House Finch sharing one tray.

902AM  Two House Finches now on tray.  Still cool and overcast.  61 degrees.

DOG WALK TIME.

NOON  Back watching the action.  Pair of Black-capped Chickadees onto the platforms, grab seed, off to hideaway to whittle the sunflower seeds down to chickadee bite-size.  Nuthatch is back.  First landing by collared-dive that I have recorded.
1246PM  Scrub-jays loudly announce their approach.  A trio lands, having terrified all the smaller birds who flew out of the nearby bushes to escape the bravado and bullying.

130PM I hear robin whinney from some neighbor’s tree.  Makes no appearance, they use the bird baths but never the feeders.  Pair of collared-doves fly over, not landing this time.

144PM  Pair of chickadees back, on tray, then away.  One goldfinch arrives, grabs top of slanted wire on which tray is suspended, slides gracefully down the slant to the tray.  Second goldfinch joins the first.  The chickadees do their usual seed grab and away.  Sometimes they payuse on edge of tray as if surveying the choices.  How DO they pick from among hundreds of seeds?
153PM  The goldfinches, a house finch or two and the chickadees still around.  A squirrel goes past with its mouth full of the string I left for them.  Nest building?  I think they have been cutting my strings that were part of a fence to keep dogs off the sensitive patches of forest plants.  I have now removed all the string and put in wire instead.  Even their teeth will not be enough.  Left them some loose string on a tree branch if they want it to line or bind a nest. Then saw it go past in the mouth of a furry string harvester. pictures to follow later today.
154PM Hummer is back, she goes straight to her favored flowers, hovers and drinks.  Mixed finch flock feeding greedily.
157PM Hummer back for second circuit of the flowers, then zooms upward into nearby Scotch pine.
159PM Finches and chickadees continue to feed as usual.
200PM Scrub-jay screams off camera but it drives off all the little birds.  Do jays sometimes do that as a cruel tease?

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Last week a pair of adult juncos showed up, one day.  Early in the season for them.  The drought may be pushing them to find new food sources.  The Bushtits have been irregular, even the loner who doesn’t seem to come daily.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 26, 2018 7:10 AM.  9 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

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