Posted by: atowhee | April 11, 2023


Because one of the first birds I saw in our garden today was my first 2023 Chipping Sparrow…passing by, stopped for quick breakfast. Last year my only sightings of chippies in our garden…were also in April.

I had to shoot the chippie pics through a window. I knew if I opened the door the goldfinches would panic and this newcomer would follow their lead.
Female flicker:

The wren was just after dawn, rain and bad light. But nice perch for posing and a short, melodic song.
Singing male lesser:

Down at Riverfront Park there is still no visibility of tiny eaglets, though it is likely they have hatched by now. Parents still in attendance, a good sign.

Experienced mother Peregrine has hatching eggs in her nest on UC Berkeley campus–pics and live video link, click here.

Best bumper sticker of the day–let it bee:

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
Apr 11, 2023
20 species

Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Bushtit  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2     mated pair
Bewick’s Wren  2     mated pair
American Robin  1
House Finch  3
Lesser Goldfinch  10
American Goldfinch  30
Chipping Sparrow  1     first this year
Dark-eyed Junco  10
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  1


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