Posted by: atowhee | March 2, 2023


There is a trio of crows that tend to our garden, making sure no peanut gets left bereft, checking on raptors, etc. I believe it is likely a mated pair and one of their offspring from last year. I recently finished reading the Marzluff-Angell book on crows and ravens. It explains how crows have spread and succeeded as we’ve urbanized swaths of America. I passed on some of that understanding to the readers of Salem Reporter–click here for that piece.

In our nearby park today I heard robins singing, despite the cold.

It had been several days since I’d seen the White-throated Sparrow.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Mar 2, 2023
17 species

Wild Turkey  17
Mourning Dove  14
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
Varied Thrush  2
House Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  X
American Goldfinch  X
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  30
White-throated Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1



  1. This is charming phrasing, and true: “Like our species, most crows prefer to live in town – more convenient, easier shopping, better services.” Great post and news article.

  2. Harry,

    Very interesting article on crows and ravens for the Salem reporter. All of them would be nice additions to the Kestrel newsletter.


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