Posted by: atowhee | January 15, 2023


After a two-day hiatus we were re-turkeyed today. All 21 of them, wet and hungry.
Turkey days this year; Jan 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15. Next?

The Motus robin  was sensed again at Ankeny today (Sunday)…fourth straight day, five of the last six, seems the bird is settled in for winter…there could be thousands of robins there so he has lots of company and good worming in the flooded flatlands. Approximate times for sensing the robin: 845AM, 910AM, 1030AM, 11AM, 1130AM, 1215PM, 1245PM, 2PM, 430PM, 6PM. At night he’s likely to be in a conifer or other dense cover that would block his transmission from the Motus sensor.

My life-long friend, Mike Lund, sent this neighbor’s picture. This bird was hanging out back in Virginia where Mike lives:

Black Vulture, smaller than Turkey Vulture. Average wingspan 59″ compared to TV’s 67″. So only slightly smaller.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 15, 2023. 17 species

Wild Turkey  21
Mourning Dove  12
Northern Flicker  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
European Starling  1
Varied Thrush  1
House Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  1
American Goldfinch  40
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1

Florida cold=fallen iguanas. Click here.


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