Posted by: atowhee | April 11, 2018

PUTTING THE WAR IN WARBLER

The leader of our weekly spring bird walk on the Linfield campus is Dr. Thomas Love…but today there was war, not love, overhead.  Testosterone poisoned male Yellow-rumps were after one another through the treetops.  They ignored the lone Orange-crowned Warbler that we saw.  We also heard him singing.

We had good views of a Brown Creeper and the kinglet.  Dr. Love heard an Evening Grosbeak calling, one that I missed.  The flicker was calling, the Downy was drumming.  A Song Sparrow sang near the creek.

The day was cool and damp which may account for the one bird we neither saw nor heard…the Acorn Woodpeckers that inhabit the mature oaks on campus.  It is rare for a morning walk in spring to not encounter these vociferous, active characters.   Methinks they were wiser than the early birders and remained warm and snug in their roost holes.

My only photo from the walk, male Anna’s Hummer, on sentinel duty:HUMM

Linfield College campus, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 11, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:10 AM. 18 species

Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Picoides pubescens gairdnerii/turati)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  2

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