Posted by: atowhee | November 5, 2022


The weather forecast says little rain. Out the window it’s raining. Nature speaks last. Meanwhile there are now three Golden-crowned Sparrows in our garden, not just one. The white-throat popped into view and then flew off to hide. Twice. Robins and waxwings are gleaning in the neighbors’ trees–they’ve cleared out our available berries already.

This month’s rain has re-aquafied the marsh. Ducks and geese and a single snipe vouch for the habitat now. The footpath along the marsh edge became a web-footpath.


This was the view down the street, perhaps male and female sharing a cedar. How often do you see a pair outside breeding season? Many cedars in Salem lost their tops during the ’21 heat dome. I think the topper is the female and larger. Chance? There “together?”

Above; our Mourning Dove flock numbers seven, daily. Robin on upper right. And grounded, below.

Surfing otter of Santa Cruz–click here.

California’s endemic hotspot–click here. Channel islands, home of the namesake scrub-jay.

Kenya wildlife devastated by drought–summary here.

Gallery of climate change photos. Click here to see them.

Despite its obvious problems, Florida continues to attract more and more residents. All those defiant folks intending to rebuild along the coast after Ian’s demolition seem impervious to climate change, reality and facts. Will they be thwarted by economic facts? Click here for a bitter dose of money malignancy–pay for water you can’t have.

A look at ignoring climate change in USA–“I wanna live here. You can’t make me leave.” No, but nature will. A quick gloss on Americans vs. reality in homeownership, click here.

Coral reefs coming back to life–click here.

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 5, 2022
10 species

Cackling Goose  200
Canada Goose  40
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  120
Green-winged Teal  4
Wilson’s Snipe  1
American Crow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 5, 2022
14 species

Mourning Dove  7
Cooper’s Hawk 2 in the same tree!
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
House Finch  20
American Goldfinch  30
Dark-eyed Junco  12
Golden-crowned Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1

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