Posted by: atowhee | April 23, 2021


On Earth Day both Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows were breakfasting in our garden, clearly they’d flown in overnight. Today they’ve already moved on. The siskins persist. Call ’em “persiskins” if you will, though someday they will be past tense.

Earth Day afternoon Albert Ryckman and I went to Salem Audubon Nature Reserve in West Salem. He’s putting together a photo gallery of the birds there for the Audubon Society. The nesting Osprey were at their platform. A White-breasted Nuthatch made it very clear he was in charge of one section of the forest. Juncos and towhees and Song Sparrows represented their family well. A Downy obligingly hung over our heads. Only the warblers were especially hard to get.

Then today at Deepwoods the dog and I walked slowly, watching–Orange-crowned Warbler was a highlight. Then my first three Vaux’s Swifts of the year sped past overhead.
In our garden today I stood nearby watching the excitement peanuts-in-shell brought to the local corvids. Crows will wait until I am out of sight, scrub-jays hand back if I am too near. Our one visiting Steller’s is bold and brash. he or she would fly down, grab peanut and zoom off, pursued by the bigger bullying scrubbers, but Steller not dissuaded. He did this three times, each time out-flying the angry locals and hiding his peanut somewhere for future use.

Salem Audubon Nature Reserve, Polk, Oregon, US
Apr 22, 2021
11 species

Osprey  2     nesting on platform near parking lot
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  2
American Robin  6
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Song Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5

Deepwood Museum & Gardens, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 23, 2021
12 species

Vaux’s Swift  3–first of year
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  1
American Robin  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1

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