Posted by: atowhee | March 29, 2021


Today brought three small parcels of migratory evidence into our garden. One White-crowned Sparrow and two Audubon’s Warblers. This was our first white-crown since last September. It was our first Audubon’s of the year though we do randomly get a wintering myrtle. The Audubon’s are the warblers that will nest in the nearby mountains. Myrtle’s are wintering only hereabouts. The white-crown could be headed back to the Arctic.

Even more exciting, I saw a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers flying together through our garden this morning. I am hoping they nest nearby. Lots of large deciduous trees in our neighborhood.

There was a half dozen Bushtits in the bushes today–remnants of a folk being depopulated as pairs break off and go-a-nesting. By late summer there’ll be those flocks of two dozen or more. Male flicker taking his pound of suet.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Mar 29, 2021
14 species

Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bushtit  6
Bewick’s Wren  2
European Starling  X
Pine Siskin  50
Dark-eyed Junco  20
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2     first time I’ve seen a pair in our garden, have not heard any singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2

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