Posted by: atowhee | December 9, 2016


Dec.  9
From our kitchen window I can watch action around most of our bird feeders and our two bird baths.  One of those I moved under the veranda roof so the water wouldn’t freeze or be turned to slush and added lukewarm water.

740AM   It’s 33 degrees, rain falling on top of yesterday’s three inches of snow.  The first Juncos of the day are feeding in the twilight, on the ground.

744  A Spotted Towhee snarls at me when I bring out more bird food and suet.

754  Downy Woodpecker arrives on one of our suet logs

8  I catch the first sortie by a Black-capped Chickadee who takes sunflower seed and retreats to eat.  I hear distant call of a starling and first whine from a scrub-jay.

803  A Song Sparrow and male Spotted Towhee arrive on one feeding platform.

807  Scrub-jay comes down to a platform; one starling hangs onto suet log.

808 Spotted Towhee female joins the juncos on the ground. Up to 20 juncos are present nearly constantly on the ground.

820  I catch sight of a Golden-crowned Sparrow on one platform.

840  Two Golden-crowned Sparrows are next to one another surrounded by plenty of juncos on the cement patio.  Five starlings are fussing over a single log; 2 squirrels are one platforms.  House Sparrow shows up among the ground crowd.

908  Two starlings on each of the three suet logs, more coming into the bushes.  Only a single squirrel present after there were five just moments earlier.  Juncos continue to litter the ground, hop through the bushes.

913  House Sparrow again joins the juncos.  First Collared-Dove of the day alights on fence.

942  House Finch present. Now ten starlings flutter about the suet logs and hassle one another.

1002  Now there are fifteen starlings present.  Do they talk to one another about great local smorgasbords?  Do they simply watch one another as Turkey Vultures do?

1015 My wife and I note the Yellow-rumped Warbler for the first tome today.  He uses the suet logs.

1025  Flicker female arrives on one suet log apart from where the starlings have congregated.

11 Satiated starlings?  They’re all gone.  Two Downys now share one suet log.  Yellow-rump is about, many juncos still aground, along with Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and numerous House Sparrows.

100PM   I note the local Bushtit flock is at the suet block feeder, about 20 plus or minus.  Much to-ing and fro-ing and fluttering.  They stay about one minute.  Mourning Dove is out on the lawn under distant feeder, never comes in where it can be watched from the window.  An uncommon visitor here in our garden.

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 9, 2016 7:30 AM.  15 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X




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