Posted by: atowhee | March 20, 2020


Spring has arrived officially and in this place and time, emotionally.  Bees and a warbler and a kinglet were all buzzing in the top of a blooming willow this morning.  A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches came to our feeders together, she with a much paler chest than he.  I counted over 130 trillium blooms in the woods along Cozine Creek this morning.  Pacific and Bewick’s Wrens are in song.  Early cherries are in bloom.  House flies have begun sneaking through open doors.

While humans are roiled and riled and scared and trepidatious, nature is moving boldly forward. Buds swelling, ferns playing out their fiddleheads, soft cottony clouds float on the horizon in front of a blue sky that looks liquid and safe.

Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 19, 2020 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
9 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Steller’s Jay  4
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  2
American Robin  9
Song Sparrow  X
Spotted Towhee  X

Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 20, 2020 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM

Checklist Comments:     4 tree squirrels; 1 Townsend’s Chipmunk
17 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Northern Flicker  4
Steller’s Jay  5
American Crow  X
Common Raven  2     fly over
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Bushtit  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Pacific Wren  1     singing
Bewick’s Wren  3
European Starling  1     fly over
American Robin  8
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Song Sparrow  4
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     myrtle

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