Posted by: atowhee | July 3, 2008

Glenview’s views

On Glenview Drive this morning the Lesser Goldfinches were in a twitter, and there were lost of them.  The first clutches of the season have fledged and are in small flocks.  That’s what we get in our garden daily now, juvies.  But here was this adult male in his best breeding outfit, perched atop a black oak.

 

 

Not all the songs were from the goldfinches.  Spotted Towhees fizzed.  One male even went into the treetops near the singing Nashville Warblers.  They’re proving quite hard to photograph.  I did capture a mediocre shot of the other warbler in the area.  The ground-hugging MacGillivray’s which responded almost immediatley when I pished softly.

 

 

 

 

 

And if that’s a crummy picture, look at my Tanager of the morning.  Here’s NOT looking at you, kid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m starting to really like Western Wood-Pewees, despite their drab plumage and wheezy sneezy little whistle.  They pose.  You may have seen the pics of the brooding female.  Today one insisted on fly-catching overhead.  Calling repeatedly between aerial forays.

Of course the camera automatically focused on the leaf canopy background, not on the small gray speck in front of it.

SUMMER BLOOMERS

The only trees blooming around Ashland now are late dogwoods and towering catalpas, a native of the southeast that loves the deep soil of the Rogue Valley floor.  In the forest there are numerous bushes and wildflowers in bloom.  Here the bachelor’s buttons and sweetpeas have naturalized, as have mock orange that send their gentle hyacinth-like fragrance into the dusty air.  Competes currently with the smoke blowing in from all those forest fires in northern California.  Here is one cluster of the sweetpeas that proliferate:

Location:     Glenview Drive–Ashland
Observation date:     7/3/08
Number of species:     10

Mallard     2 (in the swimming resevoir)
Turkey Vulture     1
Western Wood-Pewee     3
American Robin     2 (nested in this area earlier in the year)
Nashville Warbler     5
MacGillivray’s Warbler     2
Western Tanager     2
Spotted Towhee     4
Black-headed Grosbeak     1
Lesser Goldfinch     15
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Location:     243 Granite Street, Ashland
Observation date:     7/2/08
Number of species:     12

Band-tailed Pigeon     1
Mourning Dove     3
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Wood-Pewee     1
Steller’s Jay     5
Western Scrub-Jay     2
Black-capped Chickadee     2
American Robin     1
Spotted Towhee     2
Black-headed Grosbeak     5
Lesser Goldfinch     6


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