Posted by: atowhee | February 8, 2016


The false spring continues.  This morning the pale blue sky showed only thin wisps of white cloud-like substance.  The air was calm, the temperature in the upper 50s and the little birds were jumping.  Spring chrous was in the air.  Frogs in the small marsh at Yamhill Sewer Ponds were as loud as the traffic on Hwy 47.  A male Red-winged Blackbird was vocally luring two females.    Starlings were good for their usual catcalls.  Up the hill a domestic hen was cackling proudly over her new-laid egg.

Best of all was a busy flock of Bushtits (“busy bushtit” redundancy for which I should apologize).  I’ve submitted 18 eBird checklists for this site going back to the end of August.  These were my first Bushtits there.  Later another flock came thropugh my garden for the first time this month (that I’ve noticed).  Bustlin’ Bushtits.BT BACKBTWO (1280x960) BT FLIZE (1280x960) BT UPSIDE1 (1280x960) BT UPSIDE2 (1280x960)DKS (1280x960)The passing Harrier: HARR CLRI call this “MODOGO” as the Mourning Dove goes into flight from the backstop at the abandoned ball diamonds. MODOGO (1280x960)

It is highly likely the frog chorus is coming from Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris regilla).   It is one of Oregon’s smaller but more common frogs.  We have twelve species in the state (including toads) including some found only east of the Cascades.  Does not count the invasive bullfrog from the eastern U.S. originally.

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 8, 2016 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. 17 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  14
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  120
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  50
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  12
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1     female in the creek alone
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3     singing male with two females nearby
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  2


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