Posted by: atowhee | April 20, 2017

MOVIN’ THROUGH MCMINNVILLE

Swallows, swifts and warblers moving through town after the rains this afternoon. One flock over the South Yamhill River at Joe Dancer Park included four species of swallow plus at least two Vaux’s Swifts, all hawking insects over the treetops.SWLOI know, lousy shot.  You try getting shot of flying swallows straight up with a point-n-shoot.  SO I alleviated my frustration by shooting bigger, slower birds:TVXTVX-4TVX-5You may not envy their diet, but you gotta admire the way they soar, big wings with minimal weight load…and a spot of sun in the afternoon.  TVX-GANG

The breeze was off and on, each time it increased a little small waves of cherry blossom petals would waft along the ground or across the park’s parking lots.  The wind was a petal pusher.

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 20, 2017 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM.  18 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3     calling
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1–calling
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3–singing
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1     singing

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