Posted by: atowhee | March 26, 2022


Our McMinnville spring birding class had our Saturday field trip at Carlton’s Wennerberg Park. Besides playing fields it has a mature oak forest, some large conifers and the North Yamhill River plus its floodplain. Music from the birds was almost constant: robins, three finch species, Song Sparrow. Mourning Doves cooed. We saw four species of woodpeckers: flicker, downy, RB Sapsucker and Acorn Woodpeckers. Several times the latter deigned to laugh at us from their superior position in the taller trees. The sapsucker pair appeared to be shopping for real estate. Later we saw a robin carrying dried grass and saw it weave that into its nest in the V-shaped trough between twin trunks.

In a fully bloomed currant we saw a male Rufous Hummingbird–it was my first of the year. Two hours later a female Anna’s was in the same bush.

We saw two Turkey Vultures high in Doug-fir, apparently it had been their overnight roost. The geese and cormorant were fly-overs.

IMAGES, We were walking toward the sun so nearly everything ismhorribly back-lit, esp. the creeper.

NOW HERE’S THE MOST ARTFUL TURKEY VULTURE YOU WILL EVER SEE. From, Chris Johnson, a fine quilter who is in this birding class. Thanks for sharing, Chris:

Approximate size: 48″ X 26″

Wennerberg Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 26, 2022
26 species in just over two hours

Cackling Goose  60
Canada Goose  5
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  4
Anna’s Hummingbird  2
Rufous Hummingbird  1     first of year for me
Double-crested Cormorant  1     fly over
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-breasted Sapsucker  2
Acorn Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Steller’s Jay  2
California Scrub-Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Violet-green Swallow  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Brown Creeper  12
European Starling  X
American Robin  20
House Sparrow  25
House Finch  X     singing
Purple Finch  X     singing
Lesser Goldfinch  2     singing
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Song Sparrow  6

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