Posted by: atowhee | May 14, 2021


There had been no official declaration, nothing with force of law or even tradition. Just fate–it was waxwing day. A small flock of them were feeding in the still bare trees at the south end of Minto-Brown Park. They were my first waxwings of the year thus making this Friday the 14th Waxwing Day.

Also at Minto-Brown today at least one of the Back-headed Grosbeaks was singing, OC Warblers were singing as was a male Purple Finch. There were no ducks on Duck Pond. In the slough adjacent to the first parking lot there was a female Hooded Merganser and one duckling to match. The dowitchers were in privately owned vernal pool just across Homestead Road and south of the park.

I did not take these pictures today but post them in honor of Waxwing Day 2021. The speckled chest indicates a juvenile in fall, gorging on a haw.

Blooming plants at the park today included dog rose, hawthorn, manroot, cow parsnip, bindweed, California poppy, chokecherry, thimbleberry and red-osier dogwood–nearly all blooms were a shade of white except the poppies.

Minto-Brown Island Park, Marion, Oregon, US
May 14, 2021
25 species

Cackling Goose  19–one family with two goslings included
Mallard  7
Hooded Merganser  2     female with lone duckling
Long-billed Dowitcher  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Northern Flicker  3
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  2
Bewick’s Wren  3
European Starling  X
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  5     first of the year
Purple Finch  2
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  12
Spotted Towhee  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Orange-crowned Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Wilson’s Warbler  1
Black-headed Grosbeak  3

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