Deer siesta beneath the trees along Fox Ridge Road in McMinnville.
Sword fern fiddleheads: Great oak, Grand Island: Hooker’s fairy lantern, Grand Island riparian forest: Killdeer along the roadside. Pine Siskins on our feeder, numbers down to a few from the dozens we had in mid-winter. Most must by now have moved back up into the montane confier forests where most of them will breed: Close pair of Turkey Vultures, Grand Island. Later I saw this pair soaring together. Yellow-rumped Warbler, perhaps a better name would be “yellow-throated” though that bright spot fades after breeding season. Grand Island forest. Blue bells (an introduced plant, from Europe where they blanket forest floors in spring):Bufflehead male, Yamhill Sewer Ponds. Greater Yellowlegs in pasture next to sewer ponds. Red-wing male between songs at Yamhill Sewer Plant: Tree Swallows near their future nest site: Filaree patch along the Willamette:Female Harrier, Grand Island: Male Harrier, circling near his mate: Osprey. Ring-necked Duck on slough, Grand Island. Downy drumming on split tree trunk, Linfield College:Male Anna’s…trespassers will be attacked.