Posted by: atowhee | September 16, 2020

SMIDGEN OF MIGRATION

We had our second flycatcher species in as many days…willow yesterday, today two wood-pewees. It is not likely we will ever see any other tyrant flycatchers here unless we get an occasional Pac-slope on the move. The pewees are new for our garden list as was the Orange-crowned Warbler flitting through the trees at about the same time. Both warbler and flycatcher are passing through. I saw the warbler on several occasions over about six hours, always in the same dense foliage. Eventually we should see other warblers–esp. yellow-rump and Townsend’s, maybe black-throated gray.

Meanwhile the air quality number has been worsening all morning and this afternoon. We are once again beyond 500. My Salem Audubon bird walk today was cancelled and now I am hoping for one next Wednesday…if smoke allows.

There is a pair of scrub-jays around our house that travel together, feed calmly together more like finches do, acting like friendly siblings, which is how I think of them.
The House Finches now are at our seed feeders all day long. Around for the winter I’m sure. Probably born within a hundred yards of here.

Above: Bewick’s Wren stealthily moving through rose garden; the pewee in dense foliage (two shots); sapsucker in dark opening; sun mid-morning; two white-crowns on neighbors’ garage roof.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Sep 16, 2020
15 species

Mallard 11–fly overs
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Western Wood-Pewee  2
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bushtit  20
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  12
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  1


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