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Posted by: atowhee | December 14, 2018

THE TIME OF SHORT DAYS

In the southern hemisphere they have more and more sunlight this week. Here on the northern side of Equator we are going into our darkest hours…and it has nothing to do with politics, or even climate change.  As we near the shortest day of our northern year there are still busy days…over a dozen juncos, at least seven squirrels, occasional gangs of starlings, the one White-throated Sparrow, Auddie the aggressiver Audubon’s Warbler are among the regulars at our feeders.  In recent days I have seen a variety of fungi, and flowers on camellia, tansy ragwort, a Queen Anne’s lace and some English daisies.  Many of the deciduous plants in our garden are already budded out, waiting for those longer and warmer days to come.

The Spotted Towhee pair come come and go as a couple.  At Joe Dancer Park a pair of Red-tailed Hawks may be getting ready to nest in the large trees on the rideline overlooking the playing fields.  Daffodils are already sending up shoots.  So too are iris. n Tomorrow the Christmas Bird Count season begins and I will be in Salem for theirs.

Below: Shovelers, pair at No Name Pond north of Baker Creek Road…and two of the dozens on Yamhill Sewer Ponds.  Acorn Woodpecker at end of Pinot Noir Drive in remaining oaks threatened with clear-cut by developers who’ve already cleared all the underbrush, sending sparrows and Bewick’s Wren into exile.  Peregrine here and gone, also at end of Pinot Noir.  White-throat in our garden…daily right now.

Birding in Rotary Park this week, Rob Schulman and I found two Varied Thrush.  THat implies they are likely at Airport Park as well.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 9, 2018. 16 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  9
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  16
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6

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

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  16
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 11, 2018. 13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
House Finch  4
Lesser Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  16
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  1
House Sparrow  X

McMinnville Rotary Park (Tice Park), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 13, 2018. 6 species

Northern Shoveler  1
Northern Flicker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Varied Thrush  2
American Robin  5

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US

Dec 13, 2018.  13 species

Canada Goose  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  X
European Starling  X
House Finch  X
Lesser Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  1
House Sparrow  X

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