Posted by: atowhee | April 11, 2020


My wife and I let the dog take us to the Trappist Abbey today.  Sure, I had my binocs.  Yes, I even saw my first Barn Swallows of the year.  A pair circling low over the orchard of new hazelnut trees along the entrance road.  But it was the flowers…

fawnl3Cherry tree at pond, bumble bee bumbling about, camas, Douglas iris, fawn lilies. There were so many more flowers–wild mustard, wild strawberries, buttercups, apple tree.

Flickers were calling, Steller’s Jays  and ravens speaking out, White-crowned Sparrows singing.  Two Orange-crowned Warblers  by the quarry pond.

Trappist Abbey trails, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 11, 2020
12 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Acorn Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Steller’s Jay  3
Common Raven  X
Barn Swallow  2     first of year
American Robin  4
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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