Posted by: atowhee | January 15, 2017

FIRST VARIED THRUSH OF YEAR FOR OUR GARDEN

va-bkHe flew into the big cherry tree and froze…that’s what they do when alarmed, leave the ground and then go into a tree and pretend to disappear…in summer in their native rain forests this works pretty well…that black and orange just vanishes in dense shade, not so much in a leafless tree under bold sunlight.va-sideLater the dog and I found this one in a neighbor’s yard, with no hope of being inconspicuous:va-in-sunlt
First garden Fox Sparrow of the year:foxyfoxy2foxy3This Fox Sparrow breeds in some damp climate north of here or in the mountains nearby.  Did you know that Fox Sparrows from dryer climes east of the Cascades can be very gray in tone?  The first time I saw one of those I was baffled about its ID, where was the chocolate brown?
Acorn Woodpecker in the colony at 13th & Michelbook.

aw-upppBig eagle.  Five feet tall, wearing snow cap.  Bet this one has never caught a fish.bigegle

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 15, 2017. 13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1–known locally as War-war, the warrior warbler
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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