Posted by: atowhee | November 9, 2021

THE EAGLE AND THE WARBLER

There were two surprising birds today. One real, one not.

Late today there was a Bald Eagle calling from above our back garden. Close scrutiny revealed it was a Steller’s Jay exercising what must be the oldest twitter account for misinformation. Analog, not even digital.

Earlier the dog and I walked through Bush’s Pasture and came across a gleaner flock. One bird high in the nearly bare oaks sure looked like an Orange-crowned Warbler. Not expected this season.

Bush’s Pasture Park, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 9, 2021
8 species

Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Orange-crowned Warbler  1     This bird had yellow chest, greenish-yellow back, no black or white or gray plumage.  It fluttered and picked at upper leaves and twigs as a warbler would, never still. It had the slender, sharp beak of a warbler. It had a typical tail length, thus not a Yellow Warbler.  There were no wing bars or tail pattern.  It was the right size compared to the nearby chickadees. It was too far away for me to confirm a dark line through the eye.  I was watching with binoculars in good morning light.


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