Posted by: atowhee | February 3, 2023


Feb. 3. Cold, rainy, wind, numb fingers. Both adult Bald Eagles were near their nest on north end of Minto-Brown again this morning. We are nearing egg-laying and then incubation season. Two other eagles were seen, one to the north of Center Street Bridges, the other south of this eagle nest. Neither seemed to bother our nesters. There was some anger among other local raptors. I heard screaming–bird, niot person–and looked up to see a peregrine chasing a red-tail south out of Riverfront Park. After claiming victory the peregrine turned back north toward the bridges where this species is known to hunt from a perfect perch with a 360-degree view of all the slower creatures below.

Further south beneath the footbridge I saw a Killdeer and a Wilson’s Snipe. My mammal today was a nutria, besides countless dogs walking their people in the cold. Only one dog had even bothered to wear a coat.


One reader just sent me this comment: “that robin is downright obese!” He does over-do on the earthworms, but he’s gotta fly all the way back to Alaska this spring.

Interested in the screecher-creature? Click here for some recent pix of Karl Schneck’s resident screech-owl in rural Ashland.

Exxon and climate change deniers will hate this. The U.S. is about to spend $400-billion on measures to cut emissions, and produce energy without fossil fuels. Click here for explanation of what’s up.

Riverside Park, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 3, 2023. 19 species

Canada Goose  80
Mallard  25
Green-winged Teal  2
Bufflehead  1
Hooded Merganser  1
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Killdeer  1
Wilson’s Snipe  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  14
European Starling  X
American Robin  140
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X


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