Posted by: atowhee | January 3, 2017


We live less than a mile from some Bewick’s Wren nesting territories.  Yet today for only the third time I saw one in our garden.  Those sightings have been November-January.  I know they nest at Rotary Park to the north and perhaps at Municipal Park next to the city library to the south, or even on the margins of the golf course…but they don’t wander that much and so are unusual in our suburban neighborhood.

This species has a very erratic dispersal record outside of breeding season.  It is disappearing in much of its former eastern range.  They seem to be doing fine here in the Pacific States.


I have seen Harriers up close in captivity, but never in the wild.  Today one was hunting just inside the fence at McMinnville Airport and I got some shots through the car windshield.  The eye of the male is yellow. So is the female’s according to BNA Online.  Both Harriers I saw this morning were males.harr-clozharfly1harfly2harfly3A second male Harrier was dining al fresco about a quarter mile out into a bare field across the road from the south edge of the airport.harr-afarharr-afar2As I was leaving a Road-tailed Hawk soared past and then landed right beside the highway…and came up with a morsel.rth-overhdroad-tail-hawkroad-tail4The cold air brought as clarity to distant views that is unusual in the humid air of the Willamette Valley…behold Mt. Jefferson:mtn-clear

McMinnville Airport Park & Airport Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 3, 2017 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.  4 species

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5


yrw-cuyrw-cu2yrw-goezAll these shots were taken through window glass so the birds wouldn’t be frightened

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 3, 2017. 16 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X



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