Posted by: atowhee | December 1, 2018


For the first time this season a Yellow-rumped Warbler came into our garden. He went straight to the suet feeders, of course.  It was an Audubon’s with a bright yellow throat. Most Yellow-rumps in oregon in winter ate Myrtle variety even though the Audubon’s are the ones breeding in our montane forests every spring and summer.  Last year the first Yellow-rump of the season came into our garden in the third week of December.

There was a female Anna’s Hummer in our garden yesterday.  This species expanded its wintering range within the Pacific Northwest in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.  It has been noted that apparently many females still migrate south leaving the males as a dominant majority of the wintering hummers.  No other hummingbird species regularly winters this far north.  They use torpor to escape the energy demands on really cold night or days.  I don’t expect to see one if the air temp is below 37 degrees.

Today we got a trifecta of woodpeckers: flicker, downy and Red-breasted Sapsucker.

At Wennerberg Park I heard a Varied Thrush calling.  They have been scarce around Yamhill County so far this winter.

Klamath Bird Observatory MARCH Trip to Olympic Peninsula

This birding trip will focus on wintering birds of the Pacific Northwest that spend the summer in nesting territories further north.  The focus is on the birds and the land around the Puget Sound area.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Our birding begins at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.   From there we will proceed to Lacey to our motel and dinner.   Glaucous-winged Gull, Varied Thrush, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Pintail, Bufflehead, Pileated Woodpecker, both kinglets are likely birds on this first day.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 1, 2018. 16 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  6
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1     Audubon’s Warbler
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Breakfast at motel.  Head north on US 101 to bird along Hood Canal.  Lunch at Hama Hama oyster farm.  We will make stops at various parks and overlooks along the canal which is actually a natural, narrow finger of ocean reaching down from the top of Puget Sound complex.  Birds we should see include Red-breasted Merganser, Brant, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-necked and Western Grebe, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Pelagic Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Long-tailed Duck (nee Oldsquaw), Black Oystercatcher, Belted Kingfisher, various gulls.

Dinner and overnight in Sequim for next two nights.

Wednesday ,March 6, 2019

 Breakfast at motel.  Bird upper Olympic Peninsula including Ediz Hook in Port Angeles and Dungeness NWR in Sequim.  Target birds for the day: flocks of Harlequin, floats of Rhino Auklets, Trumpeter Swans, Red-throated Loons, more Long-tailed Ducks, all three scoter species, Brandt’s Cormorant. Dinner at Sequim restaurant.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

 We will take the ferry from Pt. Townsend north to Whidbey Island, thence north to Skagit Flats.  Possible birds today include Rough-legged Hawk, Gyrfalcon, Short-eared Owl, Trumpeter Swan, Snow Geese, Peregrine, Merlin, all three cormorant species…perchance a try for a Yellow-billed Loon which usually shows  up along the route each winter.  Overnight along I-5 north of Seattle at Marysville.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Depart for home.


COST:  $782.00 per person.  Includes accommodations for sharing a double room, travel expenses r/t travel in a van, fees for having experienced bird guide for 5 days and 4 nights.  Breakfasts are provided at the motels we are staying.

Participants will pay for other meals:  lunch and dinner. Folks are encouraged to bring lunch type foods as we will eat outdoors while we are birding.

$200 of the cost is a tax deductible contribution to the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Contact Shannon Rio at or by calling 541-840-4655 if you are interested in signing up or if you have questions.

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