Posted by: atowhee | July 12, 2015

WRENLETS OUT AND ABOUT

I got a chance to watch two Pacific Wren families hunting this afternoon.  They were both in a forest on the ridge of Parrett Mountain in north Yamhill County.PAC WRN5 (1280x960) PAC WRN6 (1280x960)These photos show a fledgling still sporting his bright yellow gape, a sure sign of the verrrry young wren.pa wrn2 (1280x960) Pac wrn1 (1280x960) pac wrn3 (1280x960) PAC WRN4 (1280x960)There were Song Sparrows among the birds in the forest and along its edge.  This guy came into the shadows for a look at my dogs.PRRT SOSPThis forest is very different for the woods I have grown familiar with in southern Oregon east of the Coast Range.  This forest is below 1000 feet elevation on Parrett Mountain the eastern front of the Coast Range.  Its steep eastern slope overlooks the Willamette Valley across to the Cascades. PARRT MTN MOSS2 (960x1280)The dominant trees in this forest are Douglas-fir and bigleaf maple.  The heavy annual precipitation leaves trunks and branches coated with a furry covering of moss.  Dried out now this moss is sponge-ready for the next rainfall. PRRT MTN FOREST (960x1280)The undergrowth consists of thimbleberry, salal, a few Oregon grape reaching as high as fifteen feet, false Solomon’s seal, a wild geranium, swordfern and bracken, moss everywhere and many annuals. prrt mtn moss (960x1280)

Parrett Mountain, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 12, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  12 species–My month list and life list for Yamhill County now stands at 34.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  7     two family groups
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1

(I added Cooper’s Hawk to my Yamhill list at the McMinnville Dog park mid-day when a group of Barn chased the accipiter into a tree nearby.)

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