Posted by: atowhee | February 17, 2023


The Varied Thrush and turkeys go after the worms. This one goes after the doves:

The Cooper’s Hawk was right in front of our house yesterday afternoon. Earlier this week I had found a clump of dove feathers on our lawn. At the time I thought it was because of one of the neighborhood cats that come and lurk until I drive each one away. But now I suspect this hawk may have been the dove devil. Today all the doves were back–32 again–but they were cautious and spent much time in the tallest tree overlooking our house and garden.

Today was another turkey day at our house, first time since Monday. After they’d eaten, we later saw them uphill, going down a driveway that could lead them to some of the mature conifers where I suspect they roost and maybe where there’s enough land for some of the hens to nest away from dogs and any other possible predator.

Our first croci:

SPEAKING OF DANGER…you don’t wanna be a rat in Central Park–escaped killer in the trees. Click here.

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

Wild Turkey  17
Mourning Dove  32
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Varied Thrush  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3
American Goldfinch  309
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1


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