Posted by: atowhee | May 1, 2023


There was a busy dining room at Minto-Brown Park thius morning. Swallows circling overt fields, ponds and forest. In the firest skulking warblers, flycatching vireos, foraging chickadees. Food was the focus of the hour.

“Common” in his name, yet uncomminly gorgeous: Coimmon Yellowthroat (clickon image fior full screen):

Song Sparrow pair; male red-wing walking the lily pads, occasionally flipping over the outert edge for a waterbiorned nibble:


Here in our garden the feeders were largely ignored. Local nesting couples forage near the nest. Most over-wintering migrants are gone–I saw a single Orange-crowned Warbler who will likely nest elsewhere, and my first Western Tanager of the year. Six weeks ago our daily Mourning Dove count could top 20. Now I see a single pair, rarely even a second pair. Two local juncos now, not the two dozen wintering visitors. Gone are truly winter birds like Varied Thrush.

Garden, first tanager, two soaring TVs–

Malheur Refuge biologist gave me the following update on water situation there. Water in Silvies River has rea ched Ruh Red. Malheur Lake is now at 17,000 acres while last fall it had dried to less than 1000 acres, just a large, shallow puddle at that time.
Still snow in the Steens, more run-off to come. This is good news for pelicans, waterfowl, cranes, ibis, gulls, shorebirds…and birders!

None of the birds I saw today were unusual. They were in the right place at the right time. Most northbound migrants should be arriving now if they have not already.

Farm plowing plus heavy winds...create deadly dust storm in central Illinois. Click here.

Minto-Brown Island Park, Marion, Oregon, US
May 1, 2023
21 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Hutton’s Vireo  1–first of the year
Warbling Vireo  4
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tree Swallow  12
Violet-green Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
American Robin  3
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
Song Sparrow  11
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Wilson’s Warbler  1
Black-headed Grosbeak  X

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US
May 1, 2023
12 species

Mourning Dove  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Crow  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  2
House Finch  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Spotted Towhee  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Western Tanager  1–first of year


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