Posted by: atowhee | January 18, 2017

FLOODED FIELDS

A night of hard rain and warm temps has turned some low-lying fields into temporary lakes or marshes.  That’s good for the those birds who enjoy such water wealth…ducks and snipe, for example.  On Hill Road west of McMinnville some Mallards and Hooded Mergansers were cruising the waves at the bottom of one farm field.hm-fieldhm-field2hm-sharpThe near constant rain has made the mossy tree trunks into tiny vertical cascades.tree-dripsBaker Creek running high and muddy.bkr-crk-hiBushtits–it’s always eat and fly, never a few seconds to spare, no dawdling in their genes it seems.bt-crwdFor the first time this year a Red-breasted Nuthatch was in our garden. Last summer they bred near enough that the parents brought youngster into the garden to learn about suet.
820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jan 18, 2017.  13 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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