Posted by: atowhee | November 14, 2022

SQUIRRELLY NUTSO–IT’S WALNUT SEASON

Even in New York they understand the squirrel mentality:

Our squirrels are daily gathering some of the hundreds of black walnuts that have fallen into our back garden. I have seen some being buried, just as the jays hide their peanuts. Of course, the squirrels avail themselves of easier dining…on bird food trays:

The feline predator is an uninvited neighbor. Comes daily. Ad do the corvids and turkeys and finches and juncos. The latter seem to be our most numerous species now, or at least as common as the American Goldfinches.
At our house we talk turkey, sometimes even TO the turkeys:

I saw a peacock near our house today. There is more than one in our neighborhood. They have collected folklore. “They are somebody’s pets.” “Somebody dumped them here.” “They kill the young turkeys.” “They are loud and mean.” They are sneaky, not a myth:

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 14, 2022 10:45 AM – 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
23 species

Canada Goose  4
Northern Shoveler  10
Gadwall  26
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  8
Green-winged Teal  60
Ring-necked Duck  16
Bufflehead  2
American Coot  3
California Scrub-Jay  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
European Starling  2
Western Bluebird  7
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  2
House Finch  2
White-crowned Sparrow  2–first this season in this location
Golden-crowned Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15–first this season in this location

Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 13, 2022
22 species

Cackling Goose  200
Canada Goose  6
Northern Shoveler  20
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  6     first of season
Green-winged Teal  15
Ring-necked Duck  9
Bufflehead  4     first of season
American Coot  1     first of season here
Wilson’s Snipe  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
American Crow  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
European Starling  X
American Robin  35
Golden-crowned Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X

Some Fairview sightings:

Bird on metal railing is a yellow-rump. Bathing bird is House Finch. Bird flapping is bluebird, like the outta focus bird on pole base. Sparrow in bush is juvie white-crown.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Nov 13, 2022
15 species

Wild Turkey  9
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Finch  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  X
Dark-eyed Junco  20
White-throated Sparrow  1

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