Posted by: atowhee | August 20, 2022


August (noun). Last full month of Northern Hemisphere’s summer. End of austral winter.
August (adjective). Venerable; impressive; admirable.
Today’s August and august gathering of birds in our small garden numbered over fifteen species, and included most of our regulars plus a promising visitation by feeding waxwings. Soon our berry and crab crop will be ready!

Whenever we eat lunch in our back garden–daily this time of year–we are monitored by a Steller’s Jay. Yesterday he perched over our head and gave out his red-tailed imitation, twice. If it had scared us, he would have swooped down for some of our chow.

holly berries await waxwings

That fuzzy downy must be a youngster. Sharing the feeder with a House Finch is male Lesser Goldfinch on the right.

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

Wild Turkey  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Cedar Waxwing  6
House Finch  6
Lesser Goldfinch  3
American Goldfinch  1
Black-headed Grosbeak  1


  1. August, indeed! What a crew of hungry feathered friends!

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