Posted by: atowhee | July 7, 2019


It was a cold but clear morning at Silver Falls when I went to a vacant campsite with perfect birding design, unintentional for sure.  There was a small stream running on the east side of a clearing, then the western edge was the face of a mature forest.  Dense brush and willows filled the space at the edge of a mown lawn, behind maturing Doug firs lifted their branches up to a hundred feet or more.  I arrived as the sun began to warm the foliage and stayed for a busy hour.

There was contant bird action, much of it due to the continuing flutters of a feeding flock of Bushtits, including several fledglings a few weeks old.

Both chickadee species were present.  Three warblers joined the throng, with the yellowthroat and Wilson’s staying low in the foliage.  The Bushtis will fly up to forty feet or so above the ground, the chickadees even higher.  The canopy at this spot is the purview of the crows who manage the campground for maximum food production and picnic table theft.  Sparrows came and went on the grass as did the only mammal of the hour, a Townsend’s chipmunk.
There were two juvenile Song Sparrows and one White-crowned.  One songster did pose in the willows.  The Wilson’s Warbler male bounced through the brush and willows but I managed a couple lucky shots:

Note this young Song Sparrow still has his pale gape…and the wide world is so very big and strange, and leafy and bright and altogether so much more than a nest and nestlings and a few small limbs and mother and father and meal after meal.  “Oh goodness, what shall I do…?”SOSP-JUVIE (2)

Silver Falls SP, Marion, Oregon, US
Jul 4, 2019
19 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  X
Steller’s Jay  X
American Crow  X
Violet-green Swallow  X     nesting on toilet building and small office  bldg near recycling set-up
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  6
Bushtit  25
Swainson’s Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Purple Finch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Orange-crowned Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
Wilson’s Warbler  X
Black-headed Grosbeak  X

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