Posted by: atowhee | January 20, 2023


In our garden this morning, well-sueted, a first Townsend’s Warbler for 2023. It seems to be a female but that facial stripe may be tinting toward black, perhaps a juvie male? Whatever, it is my most glamorous bird of the year, so far. Maybe that’s because pintails are so easy to find by the hundreds at Ankeny. Most of most colorful songbirds come later–Evening and Black-headed Grosbeaks, tanager, Wilson’s Warbler, lazuli. Here is this glowing creature during the shortest, darkest days of the year. Thanks, towny!

Ankeny’s Motus robin must’ve flown . No sensing of the bird in almost 72 hours.

One of my dozens of local goldfinches:

Speaking of goldfinches! Peter Thiemann shares this image from Medford:

It’s a Lawrence’s Goldfinch. It does breed about 150 miles south in Northern California, liking dry scrubland. Maybe he’s come up to check out the Jackson County drought?

Here is Peter’s report: “ABA code 2 and endemic to California the LG can be seen around feeders during winter in SW Oregon. This years sighting is in an ideal backyard in Medford near the Manor where many people maintain bird feeders. Very large oak trees and much shrubbery with open space are great winter habitat. We counted some 30 bird species while waiting for the LG to show. Large flocks of Lesser Goldfinches come to the many feeders some of which have thistle seeds exclusively. Visiting birders at the stakeout bring seeds. The Lawrence’s Goldfinch appears to be quite independent and is not always associated with the other Goldfinch species. So, the many comings and goings of Goldfinches at the feeders is not an indication the LG will show up. I and others have waited hours for one short show a day. But that is the price to pay: Patience and cold.”

The turks have decided they are the owners. I’d better never leave the front door open…

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Jan 20, 2023
17 species

Wild Turkey  21
Mourning Dove  16
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
House Finch  1
Lesser Goldfinch  1
American Goldfinch  30
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     myrtle
Townsend’s Warbler  1     first of year


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