Posted by: atowhee | December 3, 2018


Here is Cheeky, the white-cheeked junco:


Judging from his very dark black crown he is an adult male.
Auddie the audacious warbler (“Auddie” being short for Audubon’s Warbler):


Mourning Dove line-up at Wennerberg Park…Red-breasted Sapsucker…towhee male gives me the red eye.



FUNGIMG_7835IMG_7840DEMOLITION: It was hard for me not to wish bad things to happen to the tractor driver…but he was certainly ordered by McMinnville Water and Light to remove all the brush and ground cover from their forested land…both on the hilltop overlooking Joe Dancer Park and just north of the park boundary (see sharp demarcation line below) along the South Yamhill River.  This is destructive in so many ways: inviting heavy erosion during what we hope will be a rainy season…destroying cover and breeding habitat for sparrows, Bewick’s Wren and chipmunks…forcing rats out of their once-protected burrows to move into nearby housing areas to find cover and food.  Will they now copy the logging industry and spray with agent orange?jdp-1jdp-2jdp-3I can only suspect the goal was discourage homeless humans from camping in the brush…so to punish our unfortunate brethren we scour the earth…carrying on a human human tradition going back to the times before the Romans destroyed Carthage.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 2, 2018. 12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  8
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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