Posted by: atowhee | October 15, 2021


At Capitol Lake this morning I watched over 200 Cackling Geese flying in more than a half dozen V-shaped flocks. They were headed south, or west as they passed by. On the lake itself were 11 Ring-necked Ducks, a Ruddy and 14 coots. Also overhead one Glaucous-winged Gull–all confirming the height of fall. Year-round Oregonians there included a pair of Pied-billed Grebes and a Great Blue Heron.

Two raptors over our garden today–adult Bald Eagle high up, circling slowly. Only thirty feet over our roof a red-tail coasted by, naturally accompanied by a couple yelling crows. Low-flying raptors do not meet the crows recommended standards of behavior so each one is met with stern lectures and sometimes corporal punishment.

Our crabapples are gone, as are the gorging, gorgeous waxwings.

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