Posted by: atowhee | December 22, 2022

SHORT DAYS, COLD NIGHTS

On the solstice the last bird I saw at our feeders, around 425PM and shortly before official sunset–a myrtle warbler eating sunflower chips. We had more Varied Thrush than robin–1 to 0. Unexpected–an afternoon fly-over by a dozen glaucous-wings.

TODAY–WINTER BIRDING BEGINS
Never got close to freezing today, or rather never got close to thawing, high around 28. Birds busily packing away calories all day long. None of the hunting cats have appeared, inside staying warm? Whither our turkeys? Last seen Tuesday.

This short and cold day suits the junco, the starling, maybe even the golden-crowns down from the north, but warbler?

I can imagine this myrtle warbler, down from the far north, mumbling, “I cudda gone further. Maybe Sacramento, or over to Eureka.” I didn’t have the heart to tell the little myrtle that my brother-in-law’s family in Eureka is having to cope with unseasonably warm weather right now.

Song Sparrow:

Fox Sparrow:

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YESTERDAY–SOLSTICE BIRDS

There are NO WORDS:

A friend and his wife are visiting their son’s family in Brussels–here’s Mike Lund’s first Euro-pic, a common thrush, the European Blackbird very much like, and genus-mate, of our own American Robin:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 21, 2022 Solstice
18 species

Mourning Dove  21
Glaucous-winged Gull  12     fly over
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  3
Varied Thrush  1
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  39
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  35
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     myrtle

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 22, 2022 7:40 AM first winter day
Checklist Comments:     temp never reached about 28F today
18 species

Mourning Dove  21
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  9     high count for last 3 months
House Finch  1
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  30
Fox Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  35
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     myrtle


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