I got my first chance to bird Linfield College’s tree-shaded campus today. I was with Thomas Love, long-time faculty member who’s birding turf includes the campus. He is also one of the most informed birders about birding spots in Yamhill County where he’s worked and birded for decades. Dr. Love has a PhD in Anthropology and does field work in South America so he’s done more than a little Neotropical birding as well.
We were treated to Song Sparrows and Bewick’s Wren singing from the brush, and warblers whispering in the treetops. Sounds of spring. There was some brief laughter from the resident Acorn Woodpeckers, present on the campus for over a decade Love was pleased to report. There are many grand, arching oaks on the main campus and along the creek that runs through the lower part of the college.
Linfield College, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 31, 2016 8:00 AM – 9:05 AM. 17 species
[THIS IS THE FIRST EVER EBIRD REPORT FOR LINFIELD COLLEGE!]
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) X singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
Mid-day the dogs took me for a walk at Wennerberg Park in Carlton. Were dandelions scarce assuredly we would seek to behold the bold, golden disposition of this plant. Still, when left to its rampant tendencies:Elderberry blooms.White-breated Nuthatch in his oak.