Posted by: atowhee | October 18, 2017

LEAVES AND GOLDFINCHES IN THE WIND

October 18

Something shifted overnight.  I didn’t hear it, or feel it. But the birds did.  This morning there was no flock of goldfinches cleaning out the feeders.  After 1PM a single American Goldfinch appeared.  Today the juncos became the most numerous bird in our garden, not counting all the robins flying around the neighborhood but staying in the trees.  As I anticipated the juncos will become the dominant bird, unless this turns out to be a siskin winter.  Most of the American Goldfinches sensed something and departed overnight.  I wish them well as they head to the coast or south to California.  I hope their wintering grounds have not been burned over.

At Joe Dancer this morning a trio of flickers and a flock of robins were plucking the ripe, white berries off a stand of red osier dogwoods on the steep river bank.robosier2robosier1Even the oaks are giving up some of their leaves on this gusty day.  The sky promised rain all day and never delivered.  Campaign on rain, deliver cloudy prospects.  Sound familiar?  The gusts were often more full of gold than my feeders today.

Before the wind picked up:IMG_0296Here you can see the yellowed leaves sailing before the wind, passing before the dark trees beyond:leafblowleafblow2at restI looked for the Northern Shrike along Airport Road late this afternoon to no avail,

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 18, 2017 7:00 AM.  
14 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  3
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  6
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Oct 18, 2017 10:40 AM.  7 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  4
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  4
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2

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