Posted by: atowhee | July 16, 2019


I went out looking for shorebirds today.  Found songbirds instead.  Plenty of newly fledged young’uns out there.  Savannah Sparrow.  Chipping Sparrow.  White-breasted Nuthatch.  Seven Canada goslings. American Goldfinch.  Orange-crowned Warbler. Barn Swallows with tail streamers less than their parents’.

Here is young Savannah Sparrow with House Sparrow in the background, Yamhill Sewer Ponds:

As we get some warmer and sunny days, it is bathing time.  In our garden the robins are most luxuriant in their bathing, sending water all over.  Soon the starlings may return from the fecund fasmr fields and begin their communal showering which sends water in all directions.  Smaller birds bath more daintily: nuthatch, bushtits, chickadees.  At Joe Dancer Park there is a small drainage stream that is piped from beneath the soccer fields to the edge of the riverside forest then turned free to tumble down the embankment.  There I recently saw a newly bathed chickadee drying in the sun.  A few feet away a young robin, his breast still speckled, wet all over with feathers askew.

At Wennerberg Park this morning I found a bright adult male Western Tanager, not sure if they nest there or he’s just foraging.

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 16, 2019
9 species

White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Bewick’s Wren  1     singing
Swainson’s Thrush  1     singing
American Robin  8
American Goldfinch  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Western Tanager  1

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 16, 2019. 15 species

Canada Goose  9
Mallard  30
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Vaux’s Swift  1–among the swallows
Killdeer  2
American Kestrel  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  12
Barn Swallow  20
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  8
American Goldfinch  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Common Yellowthroat  1

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