Posted by: atowhee | April 8, 2020


There has been a major shift in the warbler population in our garden.  Today I see no more Audubon’s.  Have I seen my last Auddie in the garden until next fall?  Today it is myrtles and more myrtles.myr on blue (2)

But all winter the Audubon’s Warbler, first one, then several, brightened our garden.  Just two days ago I got this sequence as one brightly-colored visitor approached and then savored my suet log offerings:

Note that by the seventh frame the bird has one foot on the nail perch.  In the shots where the bird is still hovering the bright white tail-lights are glowing–a major alert signal for this species.


Below: dogwood bracts just beginning to open, still not bleached out. Overhead at Wennerberg four soaring raptors:three red-tails and a tiny Coop in lower left corner. Golden-crowned in spring splendor, ready to head north.  Cherry before conifers.  Kestrel female at Wennerberg.  New mushrooms at Cozine woods.  Two shots of siskin twosome.  Then three more from Cozine: Steller’s Jay looks down on me which is their natural tendency toward all “others”…Varied Thrush in deep shade…Townsend’s chipmunk.

I took this to capture the trillium at Cozine woods, but look what surrounds them: sword fern (native), nettle, ivy, bedstraw, Himalayan blackberry.TRLL (2)

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 8, 2020
12 species

Cackling Goose  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
Bushtit  2–still working on nest
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  X
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  4     highest count this year
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X     only seeing myrtle warblers now

Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 5, 2020
Checklist Comments:     saw one Townsend’s chipmunk;  numerous fly insects; cherries in bloom
14 species

Cackling Goose  50     near pond west of Old Sheridan Road
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X     heard from nearby housing
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Flicker  3
Steller’s Jay  5
California Scrub-Jay  1
Bushtit  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Pacific Wren  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  2
Varied Thrush  1
American Robin  7


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