Posted by: atowhee | November 28, 2019

HAPPY BIRD DAY

These cold mornings the birds are busy at our feeders.  Thankful, too, perhaps.  Every bird day is thanksgiving in our garden.  And today I will confess that I am behind a new plot to change the holiday’s name…as suspected by a certain well-known conspiracy freak elsewhere in America.  I think we should no longer have what is an eat-a-bird holiday, but we should, instead, have a feed-a-bird holiday.  Fill up our feeders, sit by a window and watch thanksgiving acted on by hungry neighbors in feathers.  We could re-name this November holiday dedicated to easting as “Happy Bird Day”, everybody.

Yesterday the morning birds were sparrows, doves, nuthatch and chickadees.  Our Bewick’s Wren and yellow-rump didn’t appear until around 1PM when the temp was above forty degrees.  Yesterday a small bird with bright wing-bar came and went before I could get an ID, today it was back–a lone siskin.  That species has been scarce in these parts this season.

The Anna’s Hummingbird comes by for some penstemon nectar.  These hardy plants are still in bloom but I don’t imagine they are manufacturing much nectar…are they?

Below, in garden:  male House Finch, Song Sparrow (not a daily visitor this month),  Audubon’s Warbler.

Sunday I was at Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts.  Outside the skies were dominated by the many crows.  Also saw flicker nest to a downtown office building:p-nofl (2)Here part of the crow crow-d, at sunset:p-cros (2)
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Monday afternoon Rob Schulman, Jon Janosik and I went looking for Great Gray Owls in the Cascade foothills.  At Wilhoit Springs County Park we found this Song Sparrow who kept scolding us from his berry thicket redoubt.wilgoit sosp Earlier in Mario County Rob and I saw this heron cross a pasture and a kestrel with his vole meal dangling down from the powerline perch:

Above: Bewick’s Wren; snow in the Coast Range foothills west of Carlton; Greed, thy name is starlikng; lousy siskin image taken in bad light, through a window.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 26, 2019
12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
House Finch  3
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     Audubon’s

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 28, 2019
12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  6
American Robin  X
House Finch  3
Pine Siskin  1
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1


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