Posted by: atowhee | October 29, 2018


Today there were two bluebirds on the wires across from the dairy just east of Hopewell on SE Lafayette Road.  This is the dairy that keeps the dairy cows imprisoned all the time, never letting them touch the earth or eat living grass.  It is a stinky example of how brutal industrial agriculture can be.  Always great to see the Jerseys out on pasture along Hwy 99 north of Lafayette.  I grew up milking cows on a small farm, they do not deserve prison even after they swat you in the face with an agile fly-killer tail.

Yesterday we saw a small bluebird flock at Red Ridge Farms up on Dundee Hills.  Where are these  bluebirds during the summer?

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 29, 2018. 10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3

Lafayette-Hopewell Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 29, 2018 .7 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2     mated pair, side by side on crossbar
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

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