Posted by: atowhee | April 17, 2022


Evening update: at 545PM I looked out our frpont window and saw flitting warblers–a closer look revelaed three Audubon’s, first of mthe season here. Locals returning to nest in the mountains, I expect. Our over-wintering myrtle is stil here but will leave for the Far North some day soon.
Zero juncos today!

I could hear the metallic drumming across the street. It was at least two hundred feet away, but the volume was turned up, the drummer turned on.

So this Red-breasted Sapsucker had tried the various instruments and decided the parallel metal arms that attached the transformer cylinder to the wooden pole made the “best” drum. Loudest? More reverberation? Best cranial vibration? My neighbor across the street from thisnpole said this sapsucker awoke him at 4AM with pre-dawn paradiddles.

Was this the same bird I had caught feeding on a cottonwood trunk in the neighborhood paek two blocks away?

Was it the same bird drilling a hole in the birch next to our back garden yesterday? I need to get nthese banded so I know who and how many and such…

My wife spotted this guy in our garden today. Perhaps he is Bombylius major.

The fly-by finch was a siskin. The unmoved diners–Lesser Goldfinch male, House Finch male. The lone turky was a hen.

This Mallard-male comes alone to Clark Creek Park–for the food?

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 17, 2022
20 species

Wild Turkey  1     hen
Mourning Dove  6
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1     drumming on transformer braces
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  X
American Robin  2
House Finch  4
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  7
Lesser Goldfinch  2
American Goldfinch  8
Fox Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4     1 myrtle; 3 Audubon’s first of the season here

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