Posted by: atowhee | August 9, 2019


I was driving north along Westside Road this morning.  We were headed out of McMinnville for Nora’s morning walk.  Our goal was Yamhill Sewer Ponds to count shorebirds.  Just after passing Rotary Park I noticed a goat feeding along the highway, outside the fence.  Not good, I thought vaguely.  Having been a goat farmer I knew they were usually cautious and less often run over than say dogs or squirrels, but traffic on Westside is always at or above the speed limit which is 45 MPH right where we were.
Then we zipped past the “goat”and it didn’t look right.  It was a splotchy deer, mostly white.  Perhaps related to Alba whom I’ve seen previously at Rotary Park, even her daughter?


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Today’s odd deer was near the driveway of 3354 Westside Road.  Browsing contentedly until I stopped and it got nervous.  Previously I had seen and photographed another whitish female deer.  She was mostly white except head and rump, not nearly as splotchy as the one today.  Click here for a previous blog on the first whitish deer I dubbed “Alba.”

For the first time this month there were Western Sandpipers at Yamhill Sewer Ponds.  They were feeding in pasture north of the ponds.  Their little cousins, the Leasts, continue to feed along the margins of the ponds themselves running along the black plastic pond lining.


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The Willow Flycatcher at Wennerberg this morning was my first of the season.  They don’t seem to breed in the park but show up in late summer after breeding is done for the year and prior to migration.

The Acorn Woodpecker was near the oak grove at icheobook and 13th in McMinnville.  The goldfinch and nuthatch, two birds on two feeders, were in our garden.

There are three Bushtits in this image from Yamhill Sewer Ponds, the creekside forest.  Can you find them?  One is but a blur.ysp-btpair2 (2)

The Blues: scrub-jay and juvenile Western Bluebird, the latter at Champoeg, one of the few places you can still find bluebirds in the Willamette Valley.

Next to Yamhill Sewer ponds are two small cow pastures, dense with Angus cows and that means lotsa cow flop and that means lots of insects intensely interested and that means plenty of swallows…even today, in the rain.  This image is from a sunnier day earlier this week:cow-swallo3 (2)

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 9, 2019
13 species

Mallard  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Killdeer  2
Least Sandpiper  10
Western Sandpiper  7
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Great Blue Heron  1
American Kestrel  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
Barn Swallow  100
European Starling  X
American Robin  20

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 9, 2019
9 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
Barn Swallow  X
House Finch  1
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1

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