Posted by: atowhee | May 4, 2022

MINTO BROWN ARRIVALS

Amazon must have delivered a complete shipment of Warbling Vireos overnight. Isn’t that how birds are moved around in the digital age? Who placed the order? There were at least eight in the trees surrounding MB parking lot by the railroad tracks at the main entrance.

In Willamette Slough on the east edge of the parking lot, this secretive lady paddeled about. Her “hair” makes her loom a lot more frightened than she really was. Shy of being seen, but not really worried. She knows our big, bumbling species swims really slowly.

Then there bis this nterrible shot of a mystery bird:

Eye-ring? Rotund? Upright, flycatcherish? Pac-slope? Darker than the nearby leaves also in shade. Smaller than a Downy for sure.

HALO

About 11am, eastern sky.

MAMMAL WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT
How big mare your teeth?

Next to hooded merganser’s pond, fresh carvings. Ash tree ringed but leaves still fresh, chips up to 3 inches long.

GARDEN SIGHTINGS

FLORA

Flowering above: ink dogwood, hawthorn, azalea, mountain azalea, white lilac, English daisies, Larkspur, trillium the latter two at Deepwood).

DEEPWOOD BIRDS

FIND THE BEAUTY

It’s not the car, the drab utilitarian driveway, the border placed by man, the garage door or white window frame. No the beauty is in the profligate petal fall. These flowers having served their purpose for the tree from which they fell, their last legacy to on-going life says–look and do not regret our brief and brilliant passage.

Minto-Brown Island Park, Marion, Oregon, US
May 4, 2022
16 species

Canada Goose  2
Hooded Merganser  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Warbling Vireo  8
California Scrub-Jay  1
Violet-green Swallow  4
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  2
Song Sparrow  4
Spotted Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Orange-crowned Warbler  1


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