Posted by: atowhee | August 16, 2019


The dog and I went out to Grand Island this afternoon to take advantage of the mild weather.  We found many birds doing the same thing, out and about.  Most were gleaning in the ash and cottonwoods along the river.  Mostly we saw the summer residents, plus one migrating BT Gray Warbler who would not have bred near that area.
Many of the other species I don’t expect to see again this summer: grosbeak, tanager, flycatchers.  The vultures and Barn Swallows will be around for another month at least.

Most of the birds were silent.  The nuthatches honked at me, or the world at large.  Lone towhee snarled when the dog walked by.  The flicker gave out with his hic-cup call.  And the Wood Duck whistled as it flew out of a marshy pond.  Mostly it was silent foraging.

Above Barn and Cliff Swallows on line together.  Downy.  The two Osprey youngsters were hanging out at a nest.  One of two young Spotted Towhees, still in immature plumage.  White-breasted Nuthatch.
The trees and bushes are still heavily leafed so finding earth-tone birds (Song Sparrow, towhee, Swainson’s Thrush) that freeze in position can be a challenge.  So I pass this challenge on to you.  In the left hand image (click to enlarge) there is a Swainson’s…then in the right hand copy I point it out with a bold marker.  So start with the left-hand picture…

The blackberries are plentiful and ripening.  The dog and I partake eagerly this time of year.  We stopped by one line of berry canes, being warmed by the sun.  I could smell the distinct aroma of fermenting blackberry juice.  Be ready for drunken waxwings and robins weaving down the trail.
Below: the cottonwoods are shedding their leaves.  Young bullfrog in weed-choked slough next to the river.  Heron along Webfoot Lane.

SE Grand Island Loop, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 16, 2019
28 species

Wood Duck  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Barn Swallow  40
Cliff Swallow   x
Bushtit  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
Swainson’s Thrush  3
American Robin  22
American Goldfinch  4
Song Sparrow  11
Spotted Towhee  4
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Western Tanager  2
Black-headed Grosbeak  2

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