Posted by: atowhee | May 2, 2023


Both Bald Eagle nests monitored in the City of Salem Eagle Watch program now have confirmed nestlings. There are two in the nest at the north end of Minto-Brown. This nest is visible from Riverfront Park, from the bluff top west of the merry-go-round. I saw one of the nestlings stand up in the nest and stretch. Bothb parents were visible in treetop perches nearby. Here is mom on watch:

In our garden today there was a new shipment of migrants, including this Golden-crowned Sparrow in the scabrous phase of molt:

The nuthatch is working on the nest hole, a Downy pair is nesting nearby, I suspect:

Once ubiquitous in inland California, the Burrowing Owl population and breeding range is disappearing in that state. In the 19th & early 20th Century when wheat was the top California farm crop, and chemicals were not part of agriculture, this owl had colonies across the land, eating the rodents that ate the wheat. Farmers then welcomed their hungry little allies.
Some pictures of the population in Malheur NWR and Malheur Basin:


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