Posted by: atowhee | March 3, 2020


Today I  joined a professor and four students from Linfield as they surveyed the Barber Tract.  It is a patch of riparian and Doug-fir forest in McMinnville, deeded to the city  by the Barber family.  It has been unused except by dog walkers and homeless people.  The Linfield project is to survey what plants and animals are there and perhaps get a project going to help remove  invasives and restore the habitat.  We had 18 species in 75 minutes in early afternoon.

Many of the species we saw there today are potentially going to nest on that land.  Probably not the warbler nor the kinglet.  The hummers were already in a pair so that courtship may be well along. The Bushtits were also a pair, perhaps signalling a break-up of the winter flocks into mated pairs. Spring songs or calla were heard today from flicker, Song Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch.
Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 3, 2020 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Checklist Comments:     Surveying done with environmental class at Linfield College
18 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Steller’s Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Bushtit  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Pacific Wren  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  15
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Song Sparrow  4
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     myrtle

Some of the first native wildflowers were in bloom, including Oregon grape, trillium and a flower that was a Cardamine, perhaps Cardamine nuttallii.  If so it is named for Tomas Nuttall who was one of the great bird finders in the western U.S. in the 1830s…when none of this land was yet officially part of the U.S.IMG_9379 (2)IMG_9384 (2)Among the rampant invasives in this woods: ivy, holly, blackberry.

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