Posted by: atowhee | August 13, 2017

UNCOMMON BIRD IS EASY; EVERYDAY BIRD PROVES TO BE A TOUGHIE

UPDATES ON SPARROWS IN BOLD,BELOW:
Today there was a little pre-dawn rain, much appreciated. Then there was overcast and the temperature stayed below 80. Very much appreciated. So a late afternoon dog walk at Wennerberg Park provided better than usual birding for a summer afternoon. I found a Yellow-breasted Chat feeding along the creek in willows. That bird was unusual there but an easy ID.CHAT-WENNCHAT-WENN1CHAT-WENN2
I have recorded 77 previous species at Wennerberg and this was my first chat. I have never, obviously, heard one there so this bird may have traveled up or down the creek to arrive at the willow thicket. There are not many places in Yamhill where I expect this bird so he may have come downhill from some nesting area in the Coast Range foothills.
Then came the usual birds with a twist…I walked along a brushy field edge…berry thicket on the right, creek just another twenty feet that direction…on the other side a dried out but unharvested clover field. So at edge of field, less than 200 feet elevation, between clover and narrow riparian corridor. Along the edge were many sparrows, a robin, a Swainson’s Thrush, wood-pewee…all busy feeding. True to the season the sparrows all appeared to be youngsters…and here are two…I studied them in the field and then on my computer screen…and I finally convinced myself that each was a juvenile Song Sparrow, but of differing age, the first would thus be the youngest with its streaky cap. Any suggestions or corrections appreciated.
655pm. Nicholas Mrvelj SUGGESTS: CHIPPING SPARROW FOR #1, SAVANNAH FOR #2, CERTAINLY FITS THE SMALL SIZE AND THE FIELD MARKS HE CALLS OUT. 926PM
MY LOCAL CONSULTANT ON BIRD IDs, PAUL SULLIVAN, CONCURS WITH THESE IDENTITIES…ONE CHIPPER, ONE SAVANNAH./strong>.SMALLSMALL3First individual above, second below…both were smallish, not Lark or even White-crowned in size. SSP-1 (2)SSP-2
I tried to find one to be a Lincoln’s or Savannah or even a wandering Brewer’s…but couldn’t find evidence for any of those. The Song Sparrow is the only sparrow species I expect at the park in summer…along with an occasional Spotted Towhee.
Pewee feeding near the sparrows:P-WEEE
DAWN IN THE GARDEN
Two birds I don’t expect daily: Creeper on dawn redwood and young grosbeak in the feeder.BC-DAWNBHG DAWN
820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 13, 2017 7:10 AM. 14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 15
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Aug 13, 2017 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM. 11 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) X
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 3
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 6
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) 1 first ever sighting of this species at this location;
SPARROWS ?
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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