Date: 1/8/19 7:06 am From: J Hayes <balgryph...> Subject: [obol] Re: Common birds: Bewick's Wrens and Golden-crowned sparrows
Here in the Portland area, I am finding Bewick's Wrens in roughly normal numbers. Golden-crowned Sparrows seem to be markedly reduced in number. I covered a 3.2 mile stretch of the Springwater Trail and found ONE Golden-crowned and ONE White-crowned Sparrow vs. 22 Song Sparrows and six Bewick's Wrens, in habitat that typically harbors lots of Zonos and Juncos. Juncos also seem down somewhat. I think the hot, dry summer and early fall weather wreaked havoc on the weed seed crop these birds depend upon. Even the blackberry crop was affected, with blackened, shriveled fruits on the vines by mid September. Robins, however, are abundant - we haven't had a strong freeze yet and the grass is still green. Overall, we haven't had winter yet. Yesterday, I saw a rosebush with several fresh blossoms.
On Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 6:18 PM <philliplc...> wrote:
> Robins have also been ubiquitous in Lincoln City > lately. Plus early yesterday morning I saw at least > 200 scattered feeding in one Schooner Creek > pasture. > > Phil > >