Posted by: atowhee | October 12, 2017

WINTER FINCHES DESCEND

Oct. 12

A cold, windy rain storm covered trees, grass, sidewalks and shrubs with water, shook their limbs and told all concerned that cold weather was here for sure.  The mountain birds heeded. This morning both Pine Siskins and Purple Finches showed up at our feeders for the first time this season. Likely they just dropped down from the Coastal Range forests. It’s been two years since we had siskins on a regular basis.  They were abundant during the 2015-6 winter but absent all last winter.  They are one of the least predictable wintering birds in this region, varying widely in their number and location from one winter to the next to the next…

These lousy images were all taken through a window. Finches: American Gold, Purple twice, Siskin:GF AT TROUGHPUFACEPUF-PAIRSISK

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 12, 2017. 14 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  2
Pine Siskins 2

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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