Posted by: atowhee | February 27, 2019


While in the grip of the fascination of the abomination, I spent a lot of time today staring out the window at our feeders, during, after and in spite of the snow.  While American politics and crime were featured on TV, real life flourished in our garden.

630AM  29 degrees.  Light snow falling as ground and horizontal surfaces all have thin layer of white.

640AM  First juncos appear on the ground.

655   We now have fifteen juncos.

702  Snowfall is getting denser.

709 First Spotted Towhee arrives, the female.

711 A puffed up robin huddles in bare shrub.  They eschew our feeders at all times.

717  Trio of brave Bushtits hit one of our suet feeders, leave quickly.  Where’s the flock?

718   Few starlings arrive, straight to the suet they go.

720  First Black-capped Chickadee arrives.  Juncos now abundant, coming and going.

721  First Scrub-Jay performance of the morning, scream and swooping entrance.

722  First Golden-crowned Sparrow, joins his junco cousins mostly on the ground, sometimes on the feeder platforms.

732  Spotted Towhee pair now together feeding not far apart, male much bolder in color than his mate.

735  First Yellow-rumped Warbler arrives, this one a Myrtle, goes to suet.  Snowfall is denser now, starting to accumulate noticeably.

743  Audubon’s Warbler shows up, followed by pair of American of Goldfinches who go to platform.  Warbler on suet log.  Juncos all over now, more than 20 visible, others in shrubs and trees.

744  Twenty starlings now.

753  Snowfall even heavier and flaks begin to swirl in wind, not just move in straight slant ahead of northerly breeze.

802  30.7 degrees, snow continues.

821  31 degrees, still snowing.  Still juncos, starlings, et al.

830  Female flicker arrives to hand on suet log and gorge.   31.7 degrees and snowing.

845 Snow suddenly over.  31.7 degrees still, light is reflected from every white surface, no direct sun but bright outside like a sunny beach.

852 Bewick’s Wren, flits about nervously on feeders to bu8sh, to ground to air.

858  Myrtle and Audubon’s Warblers at same time but at opposite ends of feeder area.

910  Golden-crowned Sparrows, juncos, starlings milling about.  Do not see White-throated today.

923  32.8 degrees.  Does not look like snow will resume.

929  American Goldfinch pair on feeder side-by-side.

950 On our morning dog walk our feet make prints in hitherto untouched snow.  Later we see bird prints, squirrel tracks and the unmistakable prints of a rabbit which we have never seen in our neighborhood.  We hear the “hooo-hoo   hoooo’ of the collared-doves and some angry scolding from scrub-jays.

1120   Juncos, scrub-jay, warblers, starlings flurry around like the snow did earlier.  Squirrels enter and exit with tails flourishing.

1141   Black-capped Chickadee buzzes in again.

1220PM  Temp. now 36.6 degrees.  Snow melting quickly,  Starlings have emptied suet log.  Juncos galore.

1225  Scrub-jay arrives for the peanuts I just chucked out.  Hummer glides past without pausing.  No nectar feeders here.  He probably spent the cold morning in torpor and just awoke.

107  Warblers, scrub-jay, juncos busy, busy, busy.

205  Stull 36.6 degrees, overcast.  Starlings think they can find suet in the log still.  Did I mention the juncos?

214 Downy makes initial appearance, goes to suet block.  Bushtit flocks arrives and cover the rest of the blocks at the same time.  Some go to sunflower seeds as well.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville
Feb 27, 2019. 15 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific)  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Bushtit  25
Bewick’s Wren  1
American Robin  1
European Starling  20
American Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
House Sparrow  X

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