Date: 5/25/19 4:31 pm From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Yamhill County arrivals - another new Wrentit location
Roshana Shockley and I did a circuit of some Yamhill County spots this morning before the rain began. We went out Masonville Rd to Muddy Valley, down past Bellevue to Amity-Bellevue Hwy, then over to Grand Island.
On Masonville Rd at the former Gahr property now a Nature Conservancy property we found a sapling in the open with two nest boxes, one owned by a pair of Tree Swallows and the other by a pair of Western Bluebirds. The bluebirds appeared to be feeding young.
On the north end of Muddy Valley Rd, 0.8 mi from Masonville Rd. We were lucky to see a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT displaying on a utility wire; a couple more were singing nearby. Further along we saw 2 displaying male LAZULI BUNTINGS. At Maysara winery we saw the Wild Turkeys.
About 0.25 mi further south we hit pay dirt.
-- a calling Willow Flycatcher
-- Western Bluebirds, male and young
-- another Yellow-breasted Chat
-- two WRENTITS at a new location, 16435 Muddy Valley Rd.
This is 1.3 miles south of the location on Muddy Valley Rd where I found Wrentits April 25 (and May 17).
That was 1.5 mi closer to McMinnville than the previous known location.
They are on the move! (The Wrentits are coming! The Wrentits are coming!)
On Amity-Bellevue Hwy, 0.25 mi east of Bellevue we heard Acorn Woodpecker and Bullock's Oriole.
At the bridge onto Grand Island we found the colony of Cliff Swallows, a W. Wood-pewee, and heard another elusive Bullock's Oriole. We saw two occupied Osprey nests on the island.