Posted by: atowhee | October 22, 2022


Proscribed burn in eastern Oregon got onto private land–federal forest supervisor arrested–Grant County. Click here. The local sheriff has great cred now with the local afti-feds.


This morning our McMinnville Bird Class has its field trip at Joe Dancer Park. We saw all three of this season’s likely falcon species: peregrine, Merlin, kestrel (the latter speeding away as it knew the peregrines were coming soon). The Merlin was high in a dead tree, dining alfresco as they are wont to do. No attempt at stealth or modesty. In the riparian forest along the South Yamhill River we found a Pacific Wren, my first thus fall in the Willamette.

Anna’s in the clear; Oregon October–eat your heat out, New England leaf-peepers; Pac Wren amidst tangle and so the camera can’t focus.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 22, 2022
17 species

Canada Goose  3
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  3
Common Raven  2
Pacific Wren  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  4
Red-winged Blackbird  X

From Albert Ryckman: “We were on HWY 34 in Big Thompson Canyon near Drake, Colorado at about 6100 ft.”

Mississippi River at record lows–click here. Yet voters seem to think the price of gasoline is more important that climate change or the right to vote.

Animals that teach their owners a thing or two–click here.

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