Date: 1/9/19 10:30 am From: Anne Duston <aeduston...> Subject: [obol] Re: Common birds: Bewick's Wrens and Golden-crowned sparrows
This has been my experience, also. I have a front-yard BW and a backyard one. They bicker vigorously to keep their turf. One has a pale wing feather so I can usually tell them apart. They take fussy, noisy turns at my suet feeder in the front yard.
WCS and GCS have been very sparse this fall and winter. Fewer Juncos have appeared, too, although they showed up earlier than usual this fall.
The Robins have been surprisingly abundant. They cleared off the berries on my Mt. Ash tree, and on both my Beautyberry bushes. Usually they don't hit the Beautyberries until after a hard frost. Not this year - they were hungry early and often. There were a couple of Cedar Waxwings in their company, as well.
The only 2 species that seem more abundant in my yard and at my feeders are Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees.
directly north of Powell Butte in east Portland
> Msg: #2 in digest > From: J Hayes<balgryph...> > Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2019 07:06:04 -0800 > 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. > Jeff Hayes > > Portland