Posted by: atowhee | October 17, 2021

WELCOME BACK, OR JUST IN TRANSIT?

An adult Golden-crowned Sparrow appeared in our garden this morning. First one here since last April. Last winter none was here regularly, so this one may be en route someplace more to its liking. Our American Goldfinch crowd has thinned. Dozens have departed leaving one dozen behind…for now. Makes feeding easier for the juncos, sparrows, nuthatches, chickadee. “Our” Bushtits have been missing for many days now?

A red-tail sped over the rooftops late this afternon not far from our house. Crows immediately started to bellow from all sides.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Oct 17, 2021

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  X
American Goldfinch  12
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2

A Coop, seen by Albert Ryckman at Albany’s Talking Waters:

Speaking of welcome back and in transit…at the same time. La Nina. It’s back. Should be wetter up here in Oregon. Should be good for our weointering waterfowl and may refill some of our depleted reservoirs. Even dryer down in southern California and across nearly all the Sun Belt to Florida. Click here for info and map.


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