Posted by: atowhee | February 11, 2022


The Chestnut-backed Chickadees winter here but don’t breed anywhere close as far as I can determine. I don’t see them in spring here. Not enough conifers hereabouts? They disappear in April and May, then seem to show up with young in June and July, then disappear in late summer, for second brood somewhere else?

Black-caps are resident, naturally. Today a couple CBCs seemed to following around the gourmand gang. If you wanna eat, ask the locals, right? Nobody knows better the food sources than the perpatetic, never drowsy (in daytime) Bushtit band. And seeing the two species makes those chickadees look life-size.

Click here to see my piece on woodpecker drumming for “Salem Reporter” website.

Click here for interesting new research into bird flight.

Turtle dove in Palo Alto!

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 11,
19 species

Wild Turkey  14
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  9
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  6
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Bushtit  25
House Finch  12
Pine Siskin  1
Lesser Goldfinch  15
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1

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