Posted by: atowhee | July 29, 2009

Emigrant: migrants and shoreline hunters

There were a small number of migrating shorebirds at Emigrant Lake this morning.  And lots of birds marching along the resevoir’s receding water line, checking for edibles in the exposed algae and still-damp mud flats.WESA BRIGHT PAIR

Above are two of the three Western Sandpipers along the shoreline between the large boat ramp and Picnic Area A in Emigrant Lake County Park.  Here’s a picture contrasting their size with a male Brewer’s Blackbird:WESA3-BRBL 1

WESA SIDE-BY-SIDEOther birds along the shoreline:GR HERON-2 CROWS

Two Crows, Green Heron.





GR HERON--EM LAKE STANDGGreen Heron watching erect biped with strange big eye.  I didn’t get a dowitcher picture, he was far along the shoreline south of the overlook at the pioneer cemetery. 

Below: Crow; row of Common Mergansers crossing lake.


CROW 7-29-09comerg lineOddly ebird asked me to confirm that I’d seen fifteen mergansers! Huh, they’re commonly in flock st Emigrant Lake this time of year.  Six weeks ago that woulod have been unusual.  I think these were all this spring’s ducklings, now full grown.WEKI 7-29-09

Not a good picture of a great bird.  I can’t resist though I see them often.  This was part of a family group at the entrance to Emigrant Lake just off Hwy 66.


WBLUEBIRD PARKDThis Western Bluebird ignored the “No parking” restriction.  But he wasn’t parked there long, too busy de-bugging the area near the rowing club boat house.





 monarch folded

 I never see these beauties in town.  And this Californian feels right at home in Oregon’s hot, dry hills despite the 100-degree temps we’re having:CA GRND SQRL1


 Location:     Emigrant Lake
Observation date:     7/29/09
Number of species:     22

Mallard     8
Common Merganser     15
Green Heron     2
Osprey     1
Killdeer     8
Western Sandpiper     3
Long-billed Dowitcher     1
Ring-billed Gull     3
Rufous Hummingbird     1
Acorn Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Kingbird     5
Western Scrub-Jay     4
American Crow     6
Common Raven     1
Cliff Swallow     4
Barn Swallow     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
European Starling     30
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Brewer’s Blackbird     20
House Finch     1

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