Posted by: atowhee | April 10, 2019


Dr. Tom Love began his annual spring bird walks on the Linfield College campus this morning.  There were only five us willing to face the chill.  The birds on migration have no choice of weather, so they were out as well as local residents singing out their territorial claims.  Two new species for me this spring: Evening Grosbeak and Orange-crowned Warblers.

We were serenaded, or warned off, by a singing Bewick’s Wren.  A male Downy was drumming loudly on a cdead, hollow tree trunk right next to the trail.  Our presence did not impress him.  We also heard from robins, a flicker, Steller’s Jay, both warbler species, Song Sparrow, nuthatch, grosbeaks and goldfinches. Altogether a tuneful morning.

Here are images, click on any one for full screen view: Downy, E-G male, Orange-crowned:

Linfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 10, 2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM.  17 species

Mallard  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific)  1
Northern Flicker  X
Steller’s Jay (Coastal)  1
American Crow  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific)  1
Bewick’s Wren  1     singing
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Evening Grosbeak  2     first of year
Lesser Goldfinch  X     seen on campus lawn after walk officially ended
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  2
Song Sparrow  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  2     first of year
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  X


  1. Is this every week? Open to all comers? And what is that location again? We have a White Crowned singing daily over here on Meadows just north of Cottonwood. Also, a Lincoln’s Sparrow just flitted through our yard,today as well! Not a common sight, although we have had them before a time ot two.

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