Posted by: atowhee | July 28, 2009

Mr. Calliope?

The male Calliope Hummingbirds have flown off, for the rest of this year.  And a search on Mount Ashland turned up plenty of hummers in the still-blooming meadows…but, alas, all seemed to be Anna’s where I was.  And no sign of the White-headed Woodpeckers between the ski lodge and Grouse Gap.IMG_8933

This golden-mantled ground squirrel decided I wasn’t trustworthy and ducked into his tunnels beneath the boulders.



YRWA fencing 7-28Bolder was this Yellow-rumped Warbler who walked along the fence right in front of me.





Pine SiskinIMG_8932 watches where he’s going.






Looking Away--CHSP, MTBLUeMountain Bluebird and Chipping Sparrow finding the action more interesting in the other direction.  Young bluebirds, “chippers” and Juncos along with families of Nashville Warblers were active at mid-day in mild 75-degree temps, 30 degrees cooler than on the valley floor, 4000 feet lower.IMG_8936  The only birds making noise were the Flickers.

larkspur near Grouse Gap





IMG_8925pine white on a flowering wild mint





IMG_8927close up of the mint, one of the many profligate bloomers on the mountainside this time of summer





Location:     Mt. Ashland
Observation date:     7/28/09
Number of species:     17

Turkey Vulture     1
Anna’s Hummingbird     6
Red-breasted Sapsucker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     4
Western Wood-Pewee     1
Steller’s Jay     1
Common Raven     1
Red-breasted Nuthatch     2
Mountain Bluebird     4
American Robin     1
Nashville Warbler     15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)     3
Green-tailed Towhee     1
Chipping Sparrow     8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     12
Lazuli Bunting     2
Pine Siskin     5

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