The dog and I were headed out of town on Baker Creek Road. The usual suspects showed themselves.
Collared-dove on wire before we passed the final sprawl of suburbia. Check.
Scrub-jay on the wire further on. Check.
Kestrel on wire near open field. Check.
Pair of scrub-jays in bare tree. Check.
Red-tail on utility pole cross bar. Check…er, wait a minute. Bad hair, white belly…Oh…
So this Osprey was far from any body of water big enough for him to fish in. Just having a rest? He took off a few minutes after I got my shots.
At Grenfell Park paired Steller’s Jays had some unkind things to say about the dog. Later we scared up both a Fox Sparrow and flicker, both were feeding on the ground until we came along. Further out the road we gave the dipper a few minutes to materialize but he remained a memory and a figment.
The spring imperatives are changing nature’s palette; green is about to dominate again. Alder, cottonwood and bigleaf maple are all showing small green leaves now. Oregon grape is in full bloom, adding its yellow accents to those of the yellow violets that are at their peak now, along with daffodils in town.Oregon grape [mahonia], our state flower:
Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 6, 2017 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
12.0 mile(s). 10 species
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 3
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1 at Grenfell Park