Posted by: atowhee | February 26, 2023


A Yellow-rumped Warbler in our garden has started picking sunflower bits off a squirrel-guard cone beneath one of our hanging feeders. No other bird has ever done that in three winters of bird feeding here. Is this a sign of cleverness? Of attributes like being nimble or abler to balance easily?

This agile bird is a myrtle warbler whose likely breeding territory would be far north of here.

An Ecuadoran butterfly, picture from John Kloetzel who writes: “I got an ID for those lovely Amazonian butterflies.  They’re Hamadryads, often referred to as ‘crackers’ due the a subtle ‘cracking’ sound the males make with their wings as they take off.  The blue one (Wikipedia): the ‘Belladonna Cracker’ (Hamadryas belladonna), appropriately enough.”

How can Bar-headed Geese migrate over the Himalayans? Click here.

Greed and drought are draining Great Salt Lake, no longer so great–click here.

The world’s largest frog–over a foot long, weighing over 7 pounds when full-sized–can it survive? Click here.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Feb 26, 2023 7:15 AM
Protocol: Incidental
18 species

Wild Turkey 2–first turkeys here since Feb. 20
Mourning Dove  14
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
Varied Thrush  2
American Robin  1
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  30
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Townsend’s Warbler  1


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