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Posted by: atowhee | November 15, 2018

OF THE SEASON

Mourning Doves in a flock of two dozen at Joe Dancer Park.  Never see such a gathering in warmer months.  The juncos in our garden are a hungry gang, never far from the feeders, always the first to appear after I put out the sunflower grits.  Overhead these days you can hear the geese: full-sized Canadas, the slim, trim Cacklers.  They are often vocal as they fly.

In the floral world, leaves are falling, our dawn redwoods are nearly naked, their needles clogging our roof gutters.  And the licorice ferns festoon the limbs and trunks of shaded trees.

Below are juncos with excess white…little white-tail may just be molting and his cover feathers aren’t all in place.  In the second image the bird with the overlook position has white flecks on his cheek.  I have seen this bird in my garden before.junc tailjuncs

The image below with a scattering of dark shapes against the blue sky: flock of Cacklers. This time of year I enjoy seeing the licorice ferns become a green beard on trunk or limb.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 13, 2018. 10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  30
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 15, 2018. 10 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  200     fly by
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1     above the golf course
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2     pair arrives together
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1
Bushtit (Pacific) (Psaltriparus minimus [minimus Group])  10
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

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