Posted by: atowhee | September 20, 2015


I couldn’t get out this morning, but did some birding around Yamhill town this afternoon.  No shorebirds, no passerine migrants.

The Acorn Woodpeckers this far north are very spotty and localized in their occurrence.  I have now become acquainted with four places where they can be found in Yamhill County:  Yamhill town, esp. Beulah Park area…Michelbook and 13th Street in McMinnville in a grove of stately white oaks…Wortman Park in McMinnville…near the Brigittine Monastery in south county.

Most interesating lesson of the day: Don’t perch on the end!  I was watching a collection of Bushtits that I think were all siblings in a recently fledged family group.   When I first spotted them in the thicket four were sitting side-by-side, tightly packed together as is their wont.  Then the others scattered in the bushes nearby began to move onto the same branch.  Each time one joined the row of perchers the tiny newcomer would land on the backs of those on the branch and then wiggle its way down in between, never landing on either end of the row.  Don’t perch on the end!

Only obviously new migrant today for me was the tiny teal among the big guys in the sewer ponds.

Beulah Park, Yamhill town, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 20, 2015 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM.  6 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica)  12
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  9
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  8
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  9
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 20, 2015 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM.  13 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  5
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  75
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X


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