Posted by: atowhee | April 8, 2009

Ashland Pond alive with birds

Two new species and a sure sign of spring:  Chipping and Lincoln’s Sparrows among the abundant White and Golden-crowned Sparrows.  Singing Red-winged Blackbird…females, all around the edge of the pond.  Surely it must be spring.ms-red-wingeds

Three Ms. Red-wingeds.  The place was over-run by Red-winged Blackbirds, most of them females.  Below a close-up portrait.  Usually the females are shy and hard to approach.  Today the estrogen, the spring, the urge to sing, overcame any fear they had of a plodding, featherless biped.

 

 

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Far overhead: numerous Turkey Vultures, a few dozen Tree Swallows, seven Band-tailed Pigeons circling and rising.  Apparently they were headed up into the Siskiyous for the night.  They apparently leave the area every winter for warmer spots.  Regularly arond these days, but always good to see: Waxwings.waxwingsx4

 

 

 

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Female Downy Woodpecker feeding.

 

Singing birds: finches from Purple to Lesser Gold, Wrentit, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Sparrows winding up their music for the migration north, Acorn Woodpecker, California Quail calling out “Chi-caw-go.”

 

 

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     4/8/09
Number of species:     35

Canada Goose     2
Wood Duck     5
Mallard     2
Ring-necked Duck     4
California Quail     2
Turkey Vulture     18
American Coot     9
Rock Pigeon     3
Band-tailed Pigeon     7
Mourning Dove     1
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Scrub-Jay     10
Tree Swallow     34
Black-capped Chickadee     3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
American Robin     2
Wrentit     3
Cedar Waxwing     25
Yellow-rumped Warbler     2
Common Yellowthroat     1
Spotted Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     1
Lincoln’s Sparrow     1
White-crowned Sparrow     17
Golden-crowned Sparrow     45
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     1

Red-winged Blackbird     130
Purple Finch     8
House Finch     1
Pine Siskin     2
Lesser Goldfinch     16
American Goldfinch     3


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