Posted by: atowhee | April 8, 2017

INTO THE FOREST

It was the second field trip for our McMinnville Parks birding class.  This time we began at Rotary Park, a riparian and hillside woodland of second growth trees on the north edge of town.  There are plenty of non-native plants in these woods: apple, cherry, birch.  And there are relict populations of garden plants from ivy to blue bells (now blooming).  And before the rain began there was a lot of birdsong. Loudest of all were the filckers.  Several robins were making noise as were the pair of Steller’s Jays.

From there we went to Wennerberg Park where the rain refused to follow us.  There we found Orange-crowned Warblers in a gleaner flock that included Buishtits, chickadees, kinglets, nuthatches and a creeper.IMG_2277The little guys were playing hard to get.  Here the nether regions of an Orange-crowned Warbler.  Below that most of a White-breasted Nuthatch visible.ocwCURR IN-BLMBlooming currant above, shelf fungus below–both at Rotary Park.IMG_2278

McMinnville Rotary Park (Tice Park), Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 8, 2017.  16 speciesWood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 8, 2017. 15 speciesCanada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8     fly over
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  3     fly over
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1     drumming
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  4     mated pairs
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2     mated pair
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X     one ;air carrying nesting material
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2     mated pair

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