Posted by: atowhee | May 12, 2020

GROSBEAKS–SONG OR SOUNDING-OFF ?

Chorus or cacophony?  However you wish to describe it, the season of the on-going, unending sound of Black-headed Grosbeaks fills our local forests now.  inthis species both genders sing in spring. Along Cozine Creek in southwest McMinnville this mid-day the dog and I were never out of earshot of at least one vocally obsessed grosbeak. During the long song I wonder how they get air into their lungs.  The musical score seems to have no marked rests.  Juvenile robin, newly fledged.  Bushtit in the foliage:

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Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 12, 2020
12 species

Canada Goose  2     on pond west of Old Sheridan Road
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Northern Flicker  2
Common Raven  1     fly over
Violet-green Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  X     over pond west of Old Sheridan Road
Bushtit  1
European Starling  X     at least three pairs nesting in holes in Grange building
American Robin  9
Lesser Goldfinch  4
Red-winged Blackbird  X     at pond west of Old Sheridan Road
Black-headed Grosbeak  4     singing continuously


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