Posted by: atowhee | February 9, 2022


The turkey gang at 8AM, then a treetop sharpie just three blocks away, then a daring downy on the suet a few feet from the car window, then the bustling bunch of Bushtits. A Wednesday–warm, wide sky, wings waving.

The local flicker male was giving out his courtship call repeatedly. In the nearby park the WB Nuthatches were vocal as well.

The turkeys ate all the sunflower chips in front of the house, took twenty minutes. They grabbed some saladry–fresh grass. Then they strutted down onto our lawn for a belly-full nap. While filling their bellies they bullied the littler birds. Chased a hungry Mourning Dove, three hens charged a bold scrub-jay, repeatedly drove off daring juncos or finches. The wise small birds fed in the back garden. It is more enclosed and so the turkeys do not go there. Squirrels don’t dare the turkeys either–back garden.

TWO LOUSY SHOTS OF THE WHITE-THROAT, who refused to face the camera:




UP–flicker, sharpie:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 8, 2022
16 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  2
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Bushtit  25
House Finch  3
Lesser Goldfinch  15
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
White-throated Sparrow  1     firs apperance in some time
Song Sparrow  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 9, 2022
14 species

Wild Turkey  14
Mourning Dove  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  X
Bushtit  25
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  1
Lesser Goldfinch  15
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1

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