First of Year (FOY) sightings are legion now.  FOYs just cascade around me.  Today: first mushrooms, first bloom (a purple primrose in our garden), first Bufflehead, first Mockingbird (he was even a county first for me).  The Mocker in Yamhill town is my 172nd bird for Yamhill County.  Still to come: my first hummer of the year, first chorus frog calling, first mosquito (some time off I hope), first returning Osprey (next month perhaps).

The Northern Mockingbird was right where Paul Sullivan has been seeing it.  On its sentinel post atop an apple tree overlooking a holly with berries.  On east Main in downtown Yamhill town, just south of the terminus of Larch Street on the west edge of the garden surrounding the large yellow Victorian home there.  The coveted holly is actually in the neighbor’s yard.  Herewith my FOY Mockingbird shots:

Here is the bird’s guard station, tiny line…

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