Posted by: atowhee | November 4, 2016

A MYSTERY MAN AND HIS ELUSIVE LITTLE NAMESAKE

We bow nothing about Mr. Hutton except he got a vireo named for him, a vireo first collected in California.  I saw one of his namesakes today, moving deliberately through the trees on the edge of Airport Park.  Nearby in this gleaner flock were Ruby-crowned Kinglets, looking very much like a… but they moved too fast and fluttered too much and chased one another and showed off the black bar in their wings.  The Hutton’s Vireo was having none of that.  This is the only vireo that winters this far north and it rarely moves very far inland in any season.

Kinglet scolding other nearby kinglets:rcki-callsStarlings double-crossed.

starks-graySparrows in our garden…towhee, song, neighbor’s rooftop Scrub-Jayspotowsong-levsscrb-upp

McMinnville Airport Park & Airport Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 4, 2016 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM.  12 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1     south of the airport
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2     pair hunting together
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  12     south of airport

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