Posted by: atowhee | November 11, 2022

NOVEMBER 11, 2022

I heard from the barn owner that one of the two Barn Owlets near Ankeny has fledged, presumably joining the parents at some nearby hideaway. It would be younger nestling still unfledged. There can be several days age difference between owlets ib the same nest because mother owl begins brooding when the first egg is laid. Most songbirds wait until egg-laying is done so their young are all born in short time span. Simplifies parenting, for sure.

Photos taken November 1.

After the dry summer, some of the wetlands are now wet. Plants are well into autumn behavior. Rose hips, anyone?

Thrushes will feed on the rose hips during the autumn and winter. And some bird species like finches will peck out the seeds inside rose hips. These birds also eat many aphids and caterpillars on these plants.
This next picture from Mill Creek Wetlands shows why I saw several raptors–vole tracks abound.

All images below were taken through rained-on windows:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 11, 2022
15 species

Wild Turkey  9
Mourning Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Steller’s Jay  2
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
House Finch  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  1

Florida hurricane. Seashore home demolition. No surprise–click here for images.

Just as ordinary insurance won’t cover flooding, neither will it cover damage from storm surges. Unless an individual has flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered through FEMA, they have no coverage for damage resulting from a storm surge or flooding.

More than 22,100 communities in the U.S. participating in the NFIP and more than 5.1 million NFIP policies in force. Subsidized by FEMA, meaning taxpayers.

Flood insurance explanation–click here.


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