Posted by: atowhee | July 24, 2020


Today the dog and I were travelling out Baker Creek Road, from town to country for a morning walk.  As we sped along one field I noticed a gathering of Turkey Vultures. I naturally slowed, then stopped, then photographed.  I could not tell what had attracted their attention.  They are the heroes of a pandemic, the everlasting roadkill pandemic.  Without these heroes, eating remains that might sicken some, our roadsides would become a series of linear abattoir.  Festering flesh gone to waste.  With TVs around it mostly goes to waist, should they have such a body part.


In our garden today birds large and small—American Goldfinch up to flicker.  For many species breeding season is over and it is time to live on the fat of the summer.  Today I saw a family of Canada Geese fly over—two parents, four teenagers now freely flying like grown-ups. Just like  getting your first driver’s license but higher in altitude if not attitude.

field heron (2)Field heron near Hopewell. And then exiting, sky right.field heron2 (2)grdn flikr (2)Male flicker studying our suet feeders. Below: pewee at Granfell Park, along Baker Creek.gren-pwee (2)hopper (2)Hopper in the road.  Scruffy jay cleans up his act.jay preen (2)jay top (2)wl osprey (2)Osprey on nest above Marion County end of the Wheatland Ferry.


Yesterday I was at our future home in Salem.  I had my first ten-species day there.  The local avian twitter accounts must be spreading the news of feeders and birdbaths.  In addition there are fruiting trees, shrubs and two twelve-foot tall blooming buddleia. It is a shrub now banned from sale in Oregon but those that arrived earlier are beloved of hummers nectar-dining insects.  A pair of Anna’s were feuding over control of one buddleia yesterday.  It is a competition that will not end peacefully, or soon, lasting until the the last of the buddleia buds.

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 24, 2020
10 species–also saw chipmunk there for the first time ever

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
Tree Swallow  X
Swainson’s Thrush  1     heard singing at Grenfell Park near Baker Creek
American Robin  4
Song Sparrow  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jul 23, 2020
10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  1
Vaux’s Swift  3
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  1
Spotted Towhee  X


  1. Good morning, Harry,

    Coincidentally, I was just watching a Wildcare video about Vladimir the Turkey Vulture, who has started nest-making in his compound. Enjoy!

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