Posted by: atowhee | April 5, 2017


This morning was the first week of the 2017 spring bird walks led by Prof. Love on the Linfield campus.  There was bird song and bird sound all around as we began, and they continued. One of our group was a visiting academic from Norway so he may have been seeing some new species.

One Orange-crowned Warbler obligingly flew into a cherry tree near us and then sang a couple times.  Shortly thereafter a black and white and red bird flew low across the path and landed on a cedar trunk not far off: a bright, male Red-breasted Sapsucker.  The birding gods were having a fine time.

Here are the two most abundant species on this walk:IMG_2168str-x

This male towhee also flew into a cherry tree near our path and looked us over, then perched higher, in the open.  He made it clear that he felt he was in charge of that particular spring-side thicket.  No doubt he his slightly less-garish mate willbe raising little towhees in that location.  The young, BTW, will begin life as drab speckled brownish birds without their parents bold marks and bright orange,IMG_2129st-ast-bst-c

Linfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 5, 2017 8:00 AM – 9:10 AM.  22 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  X     singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  2     singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  X     singing
Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X     singing



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