Posted by: atowhee | September 23, 2022


A small group of us gathered at a wildlife area along the Willamette River. We banded together, or rather, we were together while birds were banded. By licensed pros who track the migration and the nesting population there. The riparian habitat is perfect for Swainson’s Thrushes, so they led the band of banded–3. Two Song Sparrows, two Lincoln’s, a yellowthroat, Bewick’s Wren and a young male Spotted Towhee. It is likely the towhee, wren and Song Sparrows are residents there. The other half dozen could have been migrants. Other migrants seen at the forest edge: RC Kinglet, Townsend’s Warbler. One of the mist-netted thrushes was bird a previously banded.

LINCOLN’S SPARROW A species that is often quite hard to see. Today there were two–side-by-side briefly for plumage comparison.




Polk County, Oregon, US
Sep 23, 2022 7:50 AM – 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
19 species

Wood Duck  1     fly over
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Black Phoebe  1
Steller’s Jay  4
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
Swainson’s Thrush  3
American Robin  6
Song Sparrow  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Townsend’s Warbler  1

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NPR’s “Fresh Air” interview on climate and weather change–click here.


  1. Thanks for taking some photos of the banded birds we saw on Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and thank you for organizing it.

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