Posted by: atowhee | August 2, 2021

PUTTING THE SIZZLE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

July was Salem, Oregon’s hottest month in 130 years of records.

Some plants were damaged, others were pushed ahead on their summer schedule, Some animals didn’t survive from nestlings to brooding adults to fish in heated rivers to, maybe, the squirrels that used to come to our feeders. Two or three now compared to the six that were daily in June.

GARDEN WORK

My wife and I never run short of garden work to do: watering, weeding, dead-heading the eagerly blooming roses, etc. The Lesser Goldfinches have been busy at their filagree assignment though they scurry away when they see my camera:

We also get a fewe American Goldfinches and a half dozen young House Finches.
The Bushtit flock is a regular as well. They flitter about, sometimes they are on and off a suet bloc or feeder in nano-seconds it seems. In this shot there are four:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jul 31, 2021
14 species

Wild Turkey  6
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Steller’s Jay  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bushtit  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Finch  6
Lesser Goldfinch  12
American Goldfinch  3
Spotted Towhee  1

54 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Aug 2, 2021 l
11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
House Finch  6
Lesser Goldfinch  12


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