Posted by: atowhee | November 8, 2021

CROWS RULE. THE HAWK’S A FOOL?

If you fly around our neighborhood you must be tolerated by the crows. Their numbers are in the dozens as I note when they fly to their evening roost in a hilltop Doug-fir stand. Their voices are dominant, unless a large goose flock is temporarily overhead. Their possession of this territory seems unchallenged. They’ve trained me to feed them peanuts in the shell, for caching. Today an adult red-tail got the brunt of crow disgust. Maybe he was a winter visitor who didn’trealize he was an aerial trespasser.

Less dramatic but more exciting to me, I saw my first White-throated Sparrow of the season and first ever in this garden:

The white-throat is abundant in the eastern US. Western Oregon regularly gets a small number of wintering individuals coming down from the Far North. They are in the same genus as the White-crown and Golden-crown, our own common western birds. I would rate the White-throat as a regular winter migrant, but scarce.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 8, 2021
13 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Bewick’s Wren  1
Pine Siskin  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow  X


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