Posted by: atowhee | December 25, 2015

EVERY POND A LAKE, EVERY FIELD A POND

Wintering Ducks here in the Willamette Valley must be “spoiled for choice” as my British in-laws would say.  There’s just so much water.  Can’t imagine how the Wilson’s Snipe can possibly make up their minds about where to hunker down.

I birded along Poverty Bend Road, which looks pretty prosperous these days.  Lots of sparrows where the road crosses the North Yamhill River and the berry thicket is both impressive and very good cover.  I’m sure there were some wrens there, too, but unseen.

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 23, 2015 9:20 AM – 10:05 AM.  16 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  120
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1

Meadowlake Rd., Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 23, 2015 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.   11 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  12

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 23, 2015 7:30 AM.  11 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  30
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

SOME CHRISTMAS DAY BIRDS:

I had to be out and about. Nora the Dog takes no holidays and observes no day of rest.

Poverty Bend Road, Yamhill County, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 25, 2015 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.  13 species

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  300
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  70
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  50     at the North Yamhill River Bridge
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 25, 2015 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.  8 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  75
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1

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