Posted by: atowhee | March 6, 2020

WET FRIDAY, HUNGRY BIRDS

If we ever saw all the likely birds on a single day, plus heard passing Canada Geese, we could surpass twenty species in our garden this time of year.  Soon the swallows and swifts will be around but we will lose siskins, Golden-crowned Sparrows, yellow-rumps and CB Chickadees for sure.  Yesterday was a 19 species day, pretty good for a patch of subirdia as John Marzluff calls it.

Today we had jumpin’ juncos–males chasing one another as they rose up from the pavement in flutter fights.  I saw no feathers lost, no blood spilled.  At 1045AM it was a mob scene, they weren’t buying hand sanitizer, just going for the gourmet spread–Bushtits on all the suet feeders(4 such), juncos galore, a tray full of siskins, yellow-rumps doing aerial stunts, golden-crowns sparrowing about, then Bushtits gone and retruning all within an eyeblink.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 6, 2020
16 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  X
Bushtit  15
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  6
American Robin  1
House Sparrow  X
House Finch  X
Pine Siskin  5
Lesser Goldfinch  4
American Goldfinch  5
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 5, 2020
19 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  4
Bushtit  15
Bewick’s Wren  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch    1
European Starling  X
House Sparrow  X
House Finch  X
Pine Siskin  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow   1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X


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