Posted by: atowhee | September 6, 2015

WOODIES AND A BARNFULL OF SWALLOWS

There was a tight group of Wood Ducks and a loose tornado of Barn Swallows t the Yamhill city swere ponds this morning.  Nary a shorebird was visible.BARS AFAR bars at pond (1280x960) bars two (1280x960) bars=ymhl2 (1280x960)  Here’s Barn Swallow at rest near House Finch.  Who would have guessed from watching from afar that the House Finch was larger?2BIRDSON WIRE (1280x960)wodu-ymhl (1280x960) WOKDUX GRPIn a nearby tree this collection: a Flicker and some Mourning Doves.  No Collared-Doves seen or heard! Whoopee.bird cluster (1280x960)One male Lesser Goldfinch was very intent on feeding from his fence-wire perch:  lego cu (1280x960)  lego fliz (1280x960) lego fliz2 (1280x960) lego mail (1280x960)Lego eatz (1280x960)Trio of Robins at dawn.amro trio (1280x960)Let sleeping racoons lie, or in this case, hang about: COON1 (1280x960)There were two coons sleeping in the limbs of one of the dawn redwoods in our backyard.  Explains why our dogs are so keenly sniffing around each morning when they first get into the yard.  That little white arc is the furred edge of an ear with a slim slice of the striped tale directly beneath the pillowing limb.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 6, 2015 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM.  9 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  13
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  200
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  30
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  8

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