It’s spring by the calendar, which lags behind nature herself. She began bursting with blooms and birdsong weeks ago. Singers around my home in McMinnvile right include intoxicated Robins, Collared-Doves who seems to hoot down our chimney, a male Flicker who rattles all day long, even in light rain. The Juncos are still silent and the House Finches rarely heard from…yet.
Both myrtle and Audubon’s races of Yellow-rumps have increased in our garden the past two weeks. The Spotted Towhees are coming around as a pair. The Bushtit flock has dwindled, many of them have paired off and gone to chosen breeding territories. Those fine woven bags may soon festoon trees and shrubs and the little guys will be flitting back and forth with grass, moss, lichens and the like. Male House Sparrows feel the hormonal imperatives just like certain male politicians–I see them air-wrestle over dominance at one of the hanging feeders.
And over Joe Dancer Park yesterday afternoon there were two Turkey Vultures soaring. Soon the will be seen almost daily when the sun is out and thermals rising.
This Myrtle Warbler was both wet and mid-molt.Varied Thrush are known to “hide” in shade and freeze in position, pretending or believing they’ve bcome invisible.
Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Mar 21, 2017. 7 species
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2