Posted by: atowhee | April 1, 2019


The dog and I birded along Baker Creek Road today.  We got to the upper end and found the gate open into Weyerhauser land.  There we found a Pacific Wren proclaiming his ownership of a small stream lined with sword ferns.

Question: when is a Pacific Wren actually a yellowthroat?  When he sings…

Down along Baker Creek Road there are two dippers once again nesting at the same exact spot that held a nest last year.  I collected that old nest at the end of last summer and the new nest is being just as before.  The exterior is heavy green moss, tightly packed.  Both adults were present and didn’t seem eager to return to the nest so I assume incubation has NOT begun yet.

Below you see the native one-legged dipper…the nest for this spring…the abandoned false start further under the bridge that just didn’t have the proper architectural grounding, and some preening…like ducks the dippers’ outer edge is matter of life and death


McMinnville CBC-NW quadrant, Yamhill, Oregon, US

Apr 1, 2019 9:50.  16 species

Pied-billed Grebe  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  3
Turkey Vulture  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Pacific Wren  1
American Dipper  2     building nest beneath bridge where they nested last year along Baker Creek
American Robin  15
European Starling  X
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Brewer’s Blackbird  X


  1. Great. This means I have not missed the Lithia dippers. Yesterday sun/ today rain and a good 1/2″ of it, but VERY gloomy. Good for that dipper on one leg. Don’t you think his right side looks like it had been injured too?m a

  2. […] on any image to see it full screen. At one point the male sang at us. CLICK HERE FOR YESTERDAY’S BLOG WITH IMAGE OF NEST UNDER BRIDGE. Near the dipper nest was a pair of Pacific Wrens.  They let us know we were not welcome in their […]

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