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Posted by: atowhee | June 21, 2019

SUMMERTIME SAYS THE CALENDAR

This is our longest day of the year. Sun aplenty.  We will get fifteen hours and forty-two minutes light between sunrise and sunset.  Tomorrow the light begins to gradually dwindle as we drift down toward December 21.

Those sturdy summer flowers now fill the interstices between road and field, parking lot and building wall, in sidewalk cracks and atop unmown ground.  Most of the summer flowers here are from other climes where summer can provide rain, and only the hardiest thus survive.  Himalayan blackberry, dandelion, wild radish, white and pink clover, purple vetch, garden plants like lavender and roses, poison hemlock, white daisies with yellow centers, tansy ragwort, moth mullein. Our one persistent local native seems to be the wild rose.  All the wildflowers I listed above were today in the summer sun at Joe Dancer Park.  The Swainson’s Thrushes were singing from their forest hideouts.  That may end, the city seems bent on removing all the underbrush in the riparian forest. More demolition has happened this week at north end of the park.  That will eliminate several bird species.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 21, 2019.  10 species

Northern Flicker  1
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Swainson’s Thrush  4
American Robin  X
Lesser Goldfinch  1
American Goldfinch  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Black-headed Grosbeak  1

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