Friday, 4/6/18

She Used Bananas for Axle Grease and Elephant Fat for Motor Oil

Coach suspended for holding a voluntary track and field practice on a snow day

Tracktown Tuesday recap. OK, but fails to reflect on the spirit and warmth and fun. Everyone loved Justin’s portion, and cheered him with gusto. Johnson and Ferris were full of fun facts and exaggerations, and most would have gladly stayed another hour. …Read Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog.
Therein Knight reports Johnson, his sole (heh,heh) employee would bombard him with letters and phone calls, most of them unanswered and/or ignored.

Tomorrow we will probably attend the Pepsi Invitational. Craig Godwin, 50, who once lived in Santa Clarita, is in Event 7, the Mixed Mile. Last year Godwin set a world age group record in the 25,000m. …More on Craig Godwin.

Below you will find our March report to the local Audubon Society on birds sighted on or from our property. Only birds new for the month are reported after the first of the month.

Birds, 109 E. Hillcrest Drive, Eugene

Libbie Marshall and Don McLean, March 2018

March 1
American Crow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco ~20
Townsend’s Warbler 1
Canada Goose ~10
California Quail 11
Varied Thrush 1
Northern Flicker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Mourning Dove 2
Western Scrub Jay 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Bushtit 6
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Song Sparrow 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
House Finch ~20
House Sparrow 3
Spotted Towhee 2
European Starling 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

March 2
Turkey Vulture 1
American Robin 3

March 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3

March 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

March 5
Pine Siskin 2

March 6
Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1

March 9
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1

March 14
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Bald Eagle 4

March 25
Wild Turkey 4


California Quail: The covey is now down to seven birds, five males & two females. Predation, power struggle result, or mate search?

Northern Flicker: We are still seeing hybrid birds; this morning, a female with a red-naped crescent visited one of our suet feeders. We will keep our eyes out for the male with the black malars and the female with the all grey head. We have several others that have the markings of the red-shafted except that they are “pumpkin-shafted.” (See photo that I took a while back)

Yellow-rumped Warbler: We have had up to six at the feeders at one time…prolific this year.

Bald Eagle: We had four adult bald eagles soaring over our home on the 14th. They looked to be two twosomes. Our former record for the number of Bald Eagles seen at the same time above our home was two.

Wild Turkey: A new bird species for our property but not a surprise as we saw 13 on E. Hilliard on 1-13-18. The four seen on 3-25 were all hens.

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