Posted by: atowhee | December 6, 2016

TWO SPECIES–FIRST OF SEASON

I also saw my first Varied Thrush of the season today.  He was calling at Wennerberg Park, Carlton. I think they’ve been pushed down into the Willamette Valley by the low snow level in the mountains along both sides of the lowlands.  Here are two shots looking west from Carlton toward the Coastal Range. Looks like snow level was below 1000 feet this morning.  Valley temps here didn’t hit 40 until mid-day.mtn-snow1mtn-snow2

Along Shelton Road, west of Westside Road (north of McMinnville) I came across a flock of pipits in the single short grass pasture just before pavement turns due north.  They were there last fall as well.  These pipits were hard to track in the grass, weak images follow:ampi-runzampi-runz2

Shelton Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 6, 2016 10:15 AM – 10:25 AM.  5 species

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  40
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  40
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 6, 2016 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM.  6 species

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  40
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1

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