Posted by: atowhee | October 24, 2019


My wife and I took the dogs for a long walk on the dirt roads of the Trappist Abbey north of Lafayette this morning.  The sun was bright and the Acorn Woodpeckers were busy.  We also saw a pair of Western Bluebirds chasing insects amidst a flock of  seedy-feedy (2)The trees demanded our attention.  The honeysuckle fruit cluster was hanging in a shaft of sunlight, glowing brightly, awaiting the hungry bird.


At home the sun inspired a Bewick’s Wren.  He sang several times, then flew up to a power line to survey all the territory he just claimed.  This wren and the Western Meadowlark are the only birds I expect to sing this time of year…and both require solar energy to do so.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey trails, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 24, 2019
Checklist Comments:     Douglas’s squirrel seen as well
8 species

Red-tailed Hawk  2
Acorn Woodpecker  6
Steller’s Jay  10
Western Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2

Come see me at the WAF on Sunday:WCEP full color vector

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