Posted by: atowhee | December 25, 2018


The dog and I took a Christmas Eve walk down to No Name Pond yesterday.  A seasonal present was the presence of a White-throated Sparrow among the golden-crowns.  The pond itself is recovering from the summer drought.  In late October there was almost no visible water among the grass and the reeds, despite the constant flow from a seep spring on the pond’s south edge.  Now much of the pond vegetation is submerged or barely emergent.  Good news for all those chorus frogs I saw hanging on the grass blades late last summer.  Click here to see those images.


The cold and wet brought all the locals to our feeders.  On these short, dark, damp days the local gang can go through a lot of sunflower seeds between dawn and dusk.

Next week the warbler and White-throated Sparrow in our garden can go onto the McMinnville CBC count week list if warranted.  Now the Audubon’s warbler and uncommon sparrow are daily visitors.   So is the junco junta, dominating the feeders for periods of time until driven off by starlings or squirrels.  Amign the juncos there are two individuals I recognize.  There is Tailer, who has a bold white outer edge on the left side of his tail.  That white doesn’t get covered by coverts as in mots juncos.  And there is Cheeky whose face bears far more white than is generally allotted to juncos.  Should I wonder if his mother was cavorting with a lusty chickadee…hmm, those white cheeks…seen below.

Season’s Greetings, to birds, birders and squirrels even.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 24, 2018. 13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  5
American Crow  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bushtit (Pacific)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  12
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  20
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1     first of season at this location
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  1
House Sparrow  X

No Name Pond, McMinnville, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 24, 2018.  7 species

Canada Goose  29
Northern Shoveler  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  1

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