Date: 1/11/19 7:58 am
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Nice January walk in California? No, Polk County, Oregon
One more thought: my prediction is that Tree Swallows will become regular
on Christmas Bird Counts soon...they already winter in the thousands in the
Sacramento River Valley

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 5:21 AM <clearwater...> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Yesterday afternoon I was out for a stroll through vineyards and and oak
> woods on a small winery between Dallas and Monmouth, in sunshine and
> pleasant 50 F temperatures.
> A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was sneaking around the woods along a small creek.
> A BLACK PHOEBE was chirping and catching insects around the barn.
> I heard ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS grinding away at their song, at three
> different spots along the walk.
> Two or three decades ago, all three of these species were more associated
> with northern California and the southwest corner of Oregon. Now they are
> part of our regular local avifauna in the mid-Willamette Valley.
> Turkey Vultures have also become a frequent though still uncommon sight on
> warm, sunny days in winter, and Acorn Woodpeckers colonies are widespread.
> We're still missing Nuttall's Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, and California
> Towhee, at least for the time being.
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

Harry Fuller
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author of *Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA*:
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