Posted by: atowhee | September 28, 2019


There is appropriate seasonal news this week.  Turkey Vultures and Barn Swallows continue to migrate.  I have not seen any Violet-green Swallows in recent days.  The American Goldfinches linger in our garden but they have been joined by “winter” birds–juncos and Golden-crowned Sparrows.  I thought I saw a late pewee above Yamhill Sewer Ponds’ neighboring creek, but it was only a waxwing flycatching.  They are less adept but just as determined as the true flycatchers.  It is my first waxwing there in two months.  The ponds held ostly shovelers, all in eclipse plumage.  They will remain there dining on daphnia through the winter.

The old brush pile that protected wintering sparrows and the adjacent line of thistles that fed goldfinches have been bulldozed.  The resulting barfe earth and cement chunks will not welcome birds this winter.

An unhappy note: a House Finch infected with avian pox showed up.  I will now have to clean the feeders as this is highly contagious and may be fatal to some individual birds.
This September has been wetter than average here in the lower Willamette Valley so the fungus season is off to an early start:


Here are some of the dozens of shovelers at Yamhill Sewer Ponds:show-ysp (2)I made a quick trip down to Ashland and back this week.  The morning I headed home i turned a corner to see a flock of turkeys sauntering across the street.  Their cool nonchalance allowed them to skirt both on-coming cars and several pedestrians.  These big birds are a common sight around Ashland.  When we lived there they regularly into our garden once the ougn were able to fly each summer and then all winter following. There were about fifteen in this flock.


I was in Ashland’s Lithia Park in late afternoon, and watched a juvenile Great Blue Heron prowling up Ashland Creek.  Joggers, hikers, picnickers all nearby, all ignored the heron. He returned the favor:

Earlier I had seen this heron in a field next to a I-5 rest area:GBH PROWL (2)This Western Bluebird was hunting from an oak at Valley of the Rogue State Park in Jackson County:WBLU-ROGUE (2)


  1. Always learn something from your details.Will stay aware of the avian pox.Thanks.

  2. Reblogged this on Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog.

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