Posted by: atowhee | December 20, 2019


Today, for the first time this fall, the male and female Spotted Towhees showed up as a pair, stayed together, fed and left.  Then mid-morning a lone siskin came several times to the seed feeders.  This has been a fall of few siskin sightings and never more than one at once.  Clearly the flocks are wintering elsewhere.

There was very little bird sound today.  In the nearby oaks the Acorn Woodpeckers were chuckling as the dog and I passed in the rain.  A single Red-breasted Nuthatch was honking from the top of a conifer.  Otherwise damp weather, damp spirits, dampened sound all around.


I have been paying more attention to the daily lives of trees.  Researching for a tree class has deepened and broadened my appreciation for the complexity of tree-ness.  Buds are already out on magnolia, dogwood, hazelnut, alder and oak.  Meanwhile beneath the ground those roots are at work, in companionship with fungi and yeast and bacteria…and a zillion earthworms.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 20, 2019
13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  6
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
House Sparrow  X
House Finch  6
Pine Siskin  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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