Posted by: atowhee | February 27, 2022


There was a White-breasted Nuthatch in our back garden today, not unusual. But wait, there were TWO, and they were feeding in the same plum tree, near one another. Likely a mated pair, and likely to nest nearby as a pair did last summer.

One bird comes to our winter garden sporadically, and will definitely not breed anywhere near Salem–the White-throated Sparrow:

Other neighborhood birds:

Mill Creek Wetlands:

Hundreds of Cackling Geese, often set into fright flight by passing eagle…like the first-year bird in the fly-by sequence here. On the pole, a red-tail ignores the Cacklers, too big for him to care. Flicker ID based on spiked tail feasthers and horizontal black bars on the back. Nearly all the ducks at this site are Green-winged Teal. The red-wings are beginning to sing and claim territory around the marsh.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 27, 2022 7:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
19 species

Wild Turkey  13
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2     A PAIR FEEDING TOGETHER
American Robin  X
Lesser Goldfinch  20
American Goldfinch  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

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