Posted by: atowhee | March 5, 2008

“Common” Yes, Still Marvy Merganser


There were a quartet of Common Mergansers on the upper duck pond in Lithia Park today.   The thick greenish soup that fills that pond usually contains only Mallards of various colorations and Wood Ducks.  Occasionally some mergansers will fly pass and apparnelty land just to see if the colorful liquid below is really water.  Clearly it must contain some proportion of H2O. 

Didn’t get far from home today, but some birds came my way.  A Red-tailed Hawk, two Turkey Vutlures flapping to the north after passing over the shoulder of Mount Ashland, three Tree Swallows on migration.  The Hermit Thursh is still around and all three chickadee species remain daily feeders in our garden.  By summer only the Black-capped will be down at this elevation. 

Location:     243 Granite Street, Ashland
Observation date:     3/4/08
Number of species:     20

Wood Duck     30
Mallard     250
Common Merganser     4
Turkey Vulture     2
Red-tailed Hawk     2
Mourning Dove     14
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Steller’s Jay     6
Western Scrub-Jay     2
Common Raven     3
Tree Swallow     3
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Mountain Chickadee     1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee     8
Bushtit     18
Red-breasted Nuthatch     1
Hermit Thrush     1
Spotted Towhee     1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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