Posted by: atowhee | April 24, 2022

DOWN TO EARTH DAY

I began my 2022 Earth Day with a power point presentation to a church in Virginia where a long-time friend is now minister. You can click here for an audio recording of the talk.

A fine day for working with the Earth–and for cleaning and sterilizing our bird feeders. So many of our garden plants are now in bloom: azalea, blueberries, camellia, crabapple, English laurel, iris (just beginning), lilacs, Oregon grape, photinia, rhodies, tulips, viburnum, violet. Yet the oaks are just beginning to leaf out, even if they still retains last year’s foliage.

Life renews, while last year’s remains linger on.

At Fairview I may have stood beneath my final Cackler fly-in of this spring. An earth-moving moment on Earth Day. Always impressive–the gabbling, the fluffy sound of hundreds of wings (thousands of feathers) against air, the circling and legs-down prep for landing, the gathering once on the ground…close together like siskins on a feeder.

Notice the handsome handful with a special white necklace. That is a mark of distinction that the bigger Canada cousins don’t duplicate.

There were three distinct pairs of Canada Geese–each preparing to nest nearby probably. One pair had some very harsh things to say, wagging their heads, and fluttering those large wings to threaten me. All because I slowed down the car near their part of the street. I cannot translate what the geese said but I suspect if it were in English it could only be appropriate for the twitter feed of a Republican congresswoman. I will state clearly and publicly–I do not molest goslings, of any sex or species…nor do I condone such behavior by other creatures.

FAIRVIEW GALLERY

Near our house the sapsicker was at his drum at dawn:

The turkey couple visited us twice. Tom just can’t resist doing his threat performance. She could care less and feeds much closer to the house than he does.

The blooms are crabapple above, azaleas down low.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 24, 2022
24 species

Cackling Goose  250
Canada Goose  6
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Bufflehead  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Killdeer  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
Tree Swallow  X
Violet-green Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
European Starling  X
Western Bluebird  2     in north sector of the wetlands
American Robin  X
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15     all Audubon’s warblers


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