Posted by: atowhee | December 26, 2022


The Richmond District red-tail. Bill Madison writes of this photo from his garden: “Here’s another picture, of the hawk perched on our water feature, getting a drink.” Running water is appreciated by many birds of all sizes

My guess on the red-tail, which is an adult bird, it’s half of a mated pair getting ready to nest somewhere nearby. In a tall tree, or a rooftop, maybe in Golden Gate Park (certainly that is where they will hunt for most meals).  They eat small mammals and will dine on fresh road kill–squirrel pizza, dead duck etc.


The quail at Riverfront Park this morning was a new bird for this month, and a surprise for this birder. The two miniature geese are the only Cacklers there.

RIVERFRONT GALLERY…About that squirrel…”the tail, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…the tail is blowin’ in the wind.” Dylan cudda written a song about that.


Salem Riverfront Park, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 26, 2022 9:
12 species

Cackling Goose  2
Canada Goose  37
Mallard  54
Bufflehead  1
California Quail  10     near the large tiled globe next to Pringle Creek
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Bald Eagle  2     near nest across the channel west of riverboat
European Starling  1
American Robin  9
Song Sparrow  1

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 26, 2022
14 species

Mourning Dove  12
Glaucous-winged Gull  3
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  40
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1


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