Posted by: atowhee | October 26, 2022


Today we began seeing a cold-weather turkey flock. For the first time since early last spring we saw several Wild Turkeys together. Now there are nine feeding in our garden. This covey must include families and loners. Last winter the local flock topped out at fourteen, so there may be more aggregation ahead. When our 12-pound dog threatened these twenty-pound birds they retreated upstairs. After a few minutes of no dog they were back on the driveway, love those sunflower chips.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Oct 26, 2022
10 species

Wild Turkey  9
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
House Finch  15
Lesser Goldfinch  2
American Goldfinch  20
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Spotted Towhee  1

In the Cascades near Ashland:

Image courtesy of Lee French. This time of year this is likely a father with one of his off-spring. Encouraging, as there is anecdotal evidence the drought has reduced the GGO’s ability to nest in that area.

Interested in seeing some fine bird art? Click to see winners of the ODFW 2022 competition.


AN effort to curb industrial emissions–click here.

Meanwhile, air pollution is worsening the climate situation. Click here.

Our species set a world record last year–worst greenhouse gas levels in recorded history. Click here. Climate disaster ahead and we speed up the process. The U.N. has basically admitted in public that there is no way our species will come close to hitting the supposedly agreed-on goals to cut greenhouse emissions by 2030. No wonder young people are resorting to unpopular protests. Can be it long before Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang comes to life?

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