Posted by: atowhee | February 2, 2020


Not every bird song from a songbird is performed on camera.  This afternoon a Bewick’s Wren sang for Nora and me.  We were out for a walk, not home in late afternoon, though we did refuse to watch the narcissist’s rant followed by well-muscled young men trying to give one another concussions.  We went birding and the wren-song was our reward.  This was the fourth songbird species to sing in our presence in the past three days…before that I had heard only meadowlark songs…infrequently…since music (2)bw music2 (2)bw music3 (2)

Camera better than eyes.  I should have known better. On our morning walk at Joe Dancer we heard a raucous flock of Canada Geese, invisible on the other side of the Yamhill River.  Probably scared  by an eagle, I said to my wife.  They are grazing on the other side in those pastures.  Forty minutes later as we are loading Nora into the car I note the hawk in the treetop.  Oh, I think, without binocs…must be a red-tail, first one of the month.  Camera knows better:BE IN TREEE (2)

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Brown Creeper along Pinot Noir Drive: crpr1 (2)_LI

Pinot Noir Drive NW, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 2, 2020
9 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
Acorn Woodpecker  X
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick’s Wren  1     singing
European Starling  X
American Robin  2
Dark-eyed Junco  80
Spotted Towhee  1

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 2, 2020
7 species

Canada Goose  X
Bald Eagle  1
Northern Flicker  X
California Scrub-Jay  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X


  1. Down here in Ashland the Bewick’s have been singing for a week or two. They’re pumped for spring.

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