Posted by: atowhee | January 2, 2021


Here in the new year is my friend’s leucistic cardinal in his garden in Virginia.

This is drive-in theatre of a spectacular sort. Marin County residents watching the nightly starling murmuration over marshy land near the county’s Civic Center in north San Rafael. The viewers are watching from a nearby shopping center. These photos provided by Spencer Michels, long-time broadcast reporter and Marin resident.

You can go to dropbox and access this file: Starlings overnight wrap 2.m4a
It is the interview on the starlings and their murmurations that I did with Jeffrey Schaub of KCBS radio.

In our Salem, Oregon, garden today there was a lot of rain, and not many birds. Here’s why–Cooper’s Hawk.

Sitting arrogantly, self-assuredly, prominently on the feeder pole! Later the dog and I drove home from our rainy walk at Fairview Wetlands. As I pulled up near the feeder the Coop gave me a cold stare and–with an excess of politesse–flew off into the nearby Douglas-fir to await our escape inside the house.

At the very wet wetlands: ducks and a California Rain-jay with fruit in its beak:

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 2, 2021
16 species

Cackling Goose  70
Northern Shoveler  40
Gadwall  2
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  100
Bufflehead  4
American Coot  X
Wilson’s Snipe  2
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Golden-crowned Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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