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Posted by: atowhee | September 3, 2019

THE WORD FOR SEPTEMBER: RIPE

Acorns, thistle seeds, haws, berries, hazelnuts, apples, tomatoes–all ripening.  We got tomatoes in July but they took days to turn from green to red, now it seems to take only 48 hours.  Sunlight will soon lose out to darkness as we near the equinox.  Plants are taking advantage of the sunshine while it persists.

 

The red leaves are the happy face of poison oak at end of its growing season.  The fruit are on a feral, not native, hawthorn.  The late bloomer is a European weed, the moth mullein.  And the seed heads are on the spirea which was blooming in July.

Another seasonal signal is the motley appearance of the American Goldfinches as they molt into their drab winter garb:

amgogang (3)There are birds passing through.  I saw a Yellow Warbler last week along the river in Joe Dancer Park, southbound.  The swifts and swallows are flocked and will be heading out this month as well, along with any flycatchers still around and the Turkey Vultures.

This bullfrog was in a pool at Rotary Park.

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My favorite rabbit recently was this guy, spotted him in downtown Portland.  In fact, he was part of am enjoyable Paris 1900 exhibit at the Portland Art Museum that we re-visited before it left town.  Gone now, frog-rabbit and all.  Guess they had critters like this in La Belle Epoque, especially after a couple drams of absinthe.   They may have cooked ’em with truffles and baked brie.  Ah well, don’t expect to see one of these guys in the Willamette any time soon:frog-rabbtWhile we were in Portland for that exhibit I was surprised to see three waterbirds I hadn’t expected: pelican, avocet and flamingo:BIRD PAINTING

The best spot I have ever found for indoor birding is the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  Those Dutch landscape and still life painters sometimes loaded their canvases with realistic bird images.  One showed a menagerie with over 30 species well portrayed.

This brush rabbit was along the trail at Joe Dancer.  As soon as the rabbit saw Nora the dog, it made one hop, vanishing into the thicket.brsh-bunn (2)

This morning at Joe Dancer, a deer sighting and a male kestrel at the edge of the playing fields:

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 1, 2019
13 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Violet-green Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  11
Bewick’s Wren  1
American Robin  3
American Goldfinch  4
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow Warbler  1

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