THE SMALL, THE MOBILE, THE

I was doing some chores when I looked out the window onto the garden. At eye level small gray sprites were flitting across the bush tops and heading toward our Colorado spruce. I grabbed my camera and raced outside where they were just moving into the spruce from a nearby lilac. A pair of Black-capped Chickadees were moving along with the Bushtits. They are our cheerful nomads for whom togetherness is a cardinal rule outside of breeding season. And they are tolerant not tribal, welcoming other species to their loose federation of feathered hunters. I have seen them accompanied by nuthatches of three different species at different locations, downys, warblers, creeper, three species of chickadees, even finches and sparrows on occasion. Come one, come all, more eyes makes us all safer from the lurking accipiter…bt britebt danglch in shaddch in treeFall color in exotic maples at Joe Dancer Park.fall colr
YAMHILL SEWER PONDSAK-1Kestrel above, American Holdfinches below.AMGO-YSAMGO-YS2QAL FULLSpotted Sandpiper juvie along the muck’s edge:SS-YSPSS-YSP2

Oregon birder Noah Strycker, who’s seen more birds in a year than other human in the known world, speaks at Linfield College here in McMinnville on Sept. 6.  Be there, no excuses.

<strong>MY MCMINNVILLE-BASED FALL BIRDING CLASS IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.  <a href=”http://www.mcminnvilleoregon.gov/sites/default/files/media/parks-recreation-program-guide/mobile/index.html”>CLICK HERE FOR THE PARK 7 REC PROGRAM GUIDE.  THE BIRD CLASS IS ON PAGE 24.  OCT, 7 THRU 21.  THREE TALKS, THREE WALKS.</a></strong>

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