Posted by: atowhee | May 17, 2017

MEET MY NEIGHBORS

“The birds—are they worth remembering?
Is flight a wonder and one wingtip a
space marvel?
When will man know what birds know?”  –Carl Sandburg

Not far from my house there is an ordinary looking intersection. A narrow side street terminates as it joins a larger thoroughfare.  On one side of the junction is the entrance to the local country club.  But in the facing blocks there are ordinary houses, fifty to sixty years old.  Nothing grand here.  The homes and the folks who live in them could be duplicated in most ways in any other typical neighborhood of our town.  Older cars and trucks parked at street curbs or in driveways. The usual mix of fruit trees, dogwoods, lilacs, rhodedendrons, tulips, iris and other landscaping plants. Yet this is a special place.  How many of the people who live here know that?  The birds certainly do.

On just two square blocks there are over 100 mature white oaks, far taller than the utility pools or roofs.  In and around those trees is a precious preserved bit of Willamette Valley habitat and the birds know that. Some housing developer deliberately, or to save effort, never cut down those original trees but built among them.
Today there were singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, two kinds of warbler, a honking White-breasted Nuthatch, a calling collared-dove.   One home in the area has feeders behind the house, visible from the road.  Two female grosbeaks were feeding there.

BHG-FML-FDMale grosbeak high in an oak.GRBK1GRBK2GRBK3Few birds bother with our feeders these days with blooms and bugs galore, but the starlings will stop by for a much-appreciated bath.STR-BATH1STR-BATH2STR-BATH3

Michelbook & 13th Street, Yamhill County, Oregon, US
May 17, 2017 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.  12 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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