Fall migrants have not all left, or arrived. We have juncos and Golden-crowned Sparrows in our garden now but American Goldfinches continue. Vaux’s Swifts were over the church chimney on Second Street in McMinnville last night, at least two dozen. Today Barn Swallows coursed across the playing fields at Joe Dancer. They were out-numbered, however, by a congress of crows with over three dozens attendees. It seemed to be a tea party punctuated by strolls across the soccer fields where the quality of the fare on offer was discussed by attendees.
Unseen so far: siskins, Hermit and Varied Thrush, kinglets, Fox Sparrow, any warblers in motion. At Yamhill Sewer Ponds a couple days ago the swallows were mostly violet-green. The ducks were nearly all shovelers, here for the duration.