Posted by: atowhee | September 14, 2016


The deciduous trees are decidedly preparing for winter in their usual fashion: leaving their leaves to leave the limbs. In slow moving streams now there are leaf jams behind every stick or rock that stands in the reduced currents of this dry season.leaf-jam-1280x960 lv-jam1 lv-jam2 lv-jam3

The North Yamhill River flowed over its banks and covered much of Wennerberg Park last winter.  Now it is a lethargic creek with dried cutbanks fifteen feet higher than the water itself.  Those banks include vertical bare earthen faces, dense patches of reedgrass and thistles, small copses of willow thicket.n-yam-rvr

At Yamhill Sewer Ponds earlier this week I almost got a picture of a Lesser Goldfinch on the

The finch was not far from the Willow Flycatcher. The camera insisted on focusing on the background.wil-flyAs this summer passes away so do many leaves, insects and focks of migrating birds. Here are bigleaf maple leaves moldering already into the flecks and moleculea that will once agakn be soilmapl-lvAsh leaves and seeds not yet fallen. ash-lvOne of late suymmer’s toughest little plants, the bindweed, which seems to relish drought and heat.bindweed bindwd colorThe nest boxes at Yamhill Sewer are empty and silent now, awaiting the spring return of the swallows. empty-box-1280x960 gbh-in-field-1280x960

This afternoon at Grenfell Park on Baker Creek Road a Red-breasted Sapsucker was too fast for my camera.

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Sep 14, 2016 4:00 PM. 8 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1     Ed Grenfell Park
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X


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