Posted by: atowhee | May 8, 2019


Perfect morning, no wind, lots of bird song and some newly arrived migrants.  For me three new species on the year: Yellow Warbler (bright male), pewee and–sadly–pair of cowbirds scouting for first victims.  Dr. Tom Love has been leading this weekly spring walks for some time, but he is moving on to emeritus status at the end of this school year…after 36 years in harness.  That will be a loss for us local birders.

Downy doing the drill:

Further feathered finds: TV and pewee.

Linfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 8, 2019 8:00 AM – 9:10 AM.  27 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Vaux’s Swift  X
Turkey Vultures   2
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  1–excavating what may become a nest cavity in a dead tree by the footbridge over Cozine Creek
Northern Flicker  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  X
Violet-green Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Bushtit  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
American Robin  20–one carrying nesting material
European Starling  X–severa seen carrying food to nestlings
Evening Grosbeak  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1     seen after the group walk ended
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Wilson’s Warbler  3
Western Tanager  1
Black-headed Grosbeak  3–much music shared with the world

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