Posted by: atowhee | December 2, 2019


The dogs took me to Joe Dancer Park for a walk this morning.  It was cold but clear.  Around 930AM the sun was above the horizon line and the side of the trees and shrubs that face east were absorbing solar heat.  There were most of the birds, feeding ravenously after the dark and cold. In the trees along the river were most of the gleaners, including Golden-crowned Kinglets.  Later in our garden at home a Ruby-crown passed through (never seen one at a feeder of any kind).  Both kinglets in the same day is always a winter warmer. The most abundant bird at Joe Dancer was a flock of at least a hundred juncos in the weeds and shrubs of the wetlands. Scattered Song Sparrows and one trio of Lesser Goldfinches composed the spice of variety.   Various bird sounds came from a calling White-breasted Nuthatch…an irritated towhee hidden in the brush and never seen…tik-tiking Song Sparrows… a calling flicker…and the imitation of a Star Trek communicator call from some of the juncos.  Most birds remained silent, preserving calories.

The weeds and trees provider adequate provender for the seed-eaters. Here is one of the Lesser Goldfinches in an alder.  The tree still has its 2019 seed cones and already has the dangling tassels that promise the buds and seeds of 2020.  Dining on old and new in the same cafe:lego alder (2)

One of the Song Sparrows:sosp-jdp (2)

Insect trap at Joe Dancer.  And the reason is…?insect trap (2)

At the north end of Marsh Lane the local kestrel pair were hunting together.  Click here for my earlier blog on paired kestrels  in November.kest-line (2)


At home we have many juncos as well, though dozens less than Joe Dancer…but we have a smaller space.  One I know as “Lefty” because he has a bold white feather along the left edge of his tail (looking at him from the front) that has no covering feather even when he is on the ground.  He is a junco who regularly visits our garden to eat sunflower seeds.  I have never seen him on a hanging platform.  He stays on the cement or ground.
Here you can compare Lefty with an ordinary junco in the foreground.  And feel free to compare Lefty to big furball in the right hand corner as well:


Whenever we drive north on Westside toward Carlton we see a Great Blue Heron.  It just surely be the same bird.  It will be hunting in the field southeast of the intersection of Westside and Meadow Lake Lane, due west of Carlton.  He must have found a goodly supply of voles.


Female on feeder in our garden.  Treed bird along the river at Joe Dancer:

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 2, 2019
13 species

Northern Flicker  X
American Kestrel  2
California Scrub-Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  25
American Robin  6
Lesser Goldfinch  3
Dark-eyed Junco  100
Song Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  1

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 2, 2019
13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
California Scrub-Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bushtit  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
House Sparrow  X
House Finch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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