Posted by: atowhee | February 18, 2019


The GBBC 2019 is in its fourth and final day.  Kate and I has counted over fifty species this time around.  Most proud that our wintering White-throated Sparrow showed up more than once.  Yesterday we got both possible species of goldfinch as well.  This morning there was a Kingfisher at No Name Pond.

Yesterday we found a Pacific Wren in the sword ferns at the Trappist Abbey.  Then this morning one hopped out of a bush along Baker Creek Road and disappeared over a garden fence.

This past week I heard Song Sparrows singing for the first time this year.  Red-winged Blackbirds are already staking out their cattail territory and giving out with song.


Black-capped Chickadee, trio of American Goldfinches, Myrtle Warbler and in one shot he’s poles apart from the larger junco, starling–gives lie to the phrase “dirty bird”.

Bushtits bring joy…and they share.  People should take note.


This House Finch clearly has devoured his share of Beta-carotene, the bright orange hydrocarbon found in many plants and animals.  The color comes out in his new spring molt.  A truly bright idea…

Click here for link to register for my April birding class here in McMinnville.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey trails, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 17, 2019.  9 species

Hooded Merganser  2
Northern Flicker  10
American Kestrel  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  1
Pacific Wren  1
American Robin  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 17, 2019. 13 species

California Scrub-Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Bushtit  25
European Starling  3
House Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  2
American Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco  35
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
House Sparrow  5

No Name Pond, McMinnville, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 18, 2019. 12 species

Northern Shoveler  15
Mallard  30
Northern Pintail  3
Ring-necked Duck  7
Bufflehead  1
Mourning Dove  13
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Robin  12
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2

Merlot Marsh–private land, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 18, 2019.  7 species

Canada Goose  8
Acorn Woodpecker  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  10
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  8

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