Posted by: atowhee | January 11, 2017

ANOTHER SNOW DAY

I’m glad I’m not a parent of a small child…schools were closed due to snow..again.  Kids hereabouts may still be going to school in July…they’ve missed several days already. For us oldsters it means snow fun, snow shovels and snow news is good news. Snow is sure more fun and beautiful than all the politics stewing back on the East Coast.

Can you believe that in a few months there’ll be hundreds of berries on these blueberry bushes?blueberriesconi-snoAmerican Goldfinch in our garden:img_3847Lesser Goldfinch a few blocks from our house:lego-icedAcorn Woodpecker grove of oaks, 13th and Michelbook, McM.oakzst-femlOur garden towhees, male up, female below.st-maleSome of the readers of this blog have become fond of War-war, the killer Yellow-rump.  Yes, he was around today but light and chance didn’t let me get a picture.  Mid-morning, all the birds vanished…before I accidentally flushed a Merlin from our garden…then they returned with alacrity and…hunger.

McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 11, 2017. 8 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  6

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 11, 2017.  13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  25
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

 

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