Posted by: atowhee | March 7, 2017


It has been raining.  Then in snowed a bit here in the Willamette Valley. The snow melted by noon but the rain persisted,  it persevered, the rain predominated, it permeated and percolated and pestered and penetrated…even into the souls of those who lived beneath its omnipresent and ominous grayness.  Even at night it didn’t really get black, the grayness just darkened until all daylight seemed a myth, not even bright enough to be a memory.  At one point one point of the compass had a blue sky while another had the rainbow.  The blue was worth trying to capture for future hope, for future reference, for future preference.skyFLAKS-1FLAKS-2

The dog had knee surgery a week ago. Since then she has been confined to a single room and I have mostly been confined alongside her.  Much of my birding has been through the window so most images are less than sharp.SPTO-TRASPTO-TRA2SPTO-TRA3SPTO-TRA4SPTO-TRA5War-war the Audubon’s Warbler is getting  more brightly colored it seems.  Spring must be in the offing.WW-BWW-CWW-DWW-ABT HANGINFox Sparrow going to seed.fs-grndHouse Finches at the feeder.HOFI EETSHOFI EETS2Male Red-winged Blackbird at Yamhill Sewer Ponds, singing in the wind and cold and rain. His refrain: “This is mine.”  Repeat often, project in all directions.IMG_9282IMG_9290IMG_9125IMG_9125IMG_9122Cozine Creek forest, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 4, 2017.  7 species

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     singing
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

Yamhill Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 7, 2017.  Comments:     rain. 10 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  75
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  40
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  100
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  40
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  25
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1



  1. Best to Nora for healing of the knee.

  2. “The blue was worth trying to capture for future hope, for future reference, for future preference.” You sure hit that on the nail ! I am sure the problem with Mother Nature is a terminal case of Drumphitis… We are all afflicted.

    Mother Nature played a nasty trick on me today. I awoke to a totally SUNNY sunny day. Run to get dressed….. The next thing I knew the fog was rolling in from Medford. OK, it will pass quickly….. By the time the fog receded the clouds had filled the skies above it and we are now socked in with another day of gloom…… I would pay a lot for a little bit of blue Just a patch…….. Ju st a dash…… Just a splash…..

    I called Silver Falls State Park. They still have 2″ of snow on the ground left over from the 8″ they got last week. The woman said, “It will be flooding, but in a good way.”

    m a

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