LIFE IN RURAL JACKSON COUNTY

Originally posted on Towheeblog:
My friend Karl Schneck lives a couple miles north of Ashland.  He regularly sees birds that eschew the city life.  He even has nesting Purple Martins in spring: “First, while my wife was talking to me in her room, a Golden Eagle flies by in front of the window… and, of course, I didn’t hear anything she said to me after… Continue reading LIFE IN RURAL JACKSON COUNTY

JUNCOS FOR JOY

Originally posted on Towheeblog:
Juncos in the bird bath Can be four at once Propellor wings hurling water Feathers flinging, fountain forming Droplets’ curved skin reflecting Peaked January sunshine Shining bright platinum purity. The camera sees what eyes miss Wet explosions of aqueous fireworks Bright brief sparkling slashes Then stillness. Satisfied juncos jump off The quiet surface of the water Refuses to smile. A COLORFUL… Continue reading JUNCOS FOR JOY

FOY

Originally posted on Towheeblog:
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,… Continue reading FOY

MORE FOY AND THE BOLD LITTLE SUETERS

Originally posted on Towheeblog:
There were plenty of First Of Year species today–one stop at the pond pn Pheasant Hill Road  brought several ducks and waterbirds onto the year list, plus a heron.  Best FOY were Wilson’s Snipe in marsh at Joe Dancer (9), and Varied Thrush (7) in the abandoned apple orchard next to the west edge of Grenfell Park on Baker Creek Road.… Continue reading MORE FOY AND THE BOLD LITTLE SUETERS