Posted by: atowhee | August 21, 2009

Emigrant Migrants–August 21

SWALLOW SWARMThis swallow flock was on the wires near the sculling boat house on the Emigrant Lake Recreation Area entrance road.  The flock held many Violet-Green but was predominantly Tree Swallows.  They are preparing to answer the sall of the south.


BLUEBIRD YNG--EM LAKEOne of the young Western Bluebirds in a flock near the pioneer cemetery on Emigrant Lake’s western side.  This bird still has his infancy breast spots.




Rachel Werling of the Klamath Bird Observatory and I were at EWmigrant Lake at dawn, hoping any overnight arrivals would not have been scared off by power boats. We did spot both a Willet and Least Sandpiper near the boat docks just south of the cement spillway inside the Recreation Area.  There were more Spotted Sandpipers than Killdeer along the lakeshore today.  North of the cement spillway a flying Red-tailed Hawk disturbed a female Kestrel that called angrily, then flew off toward the eagle ridge north of the RV campground.

Our best birding was along the berm that carries the short dirt road from Hwy 66 to the pioneer cemetery parking lot.  North of the berm the berry tangle and abandoned apple orchard held a horde of House Finches, Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and our best birds of the day.  Here we saw a Willow Flycatcher twitching his tail as he hunted low in the brambles and the teasal.  At one point he was chased by a Pacific-slope Flycatcher also hunting in the teasal.  IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH EMIGRANT LAKE, CLICK HERE FOR BIRDING ITINERARY.

Location:     Emigrant Lake
Observation date:     8/21/09
Number of species:     29

Canada Goose     80
Mallard     50
Great Blue Heron     4
Red-tailed Hawk     2
American Kestrel     1
Killdeer     10
Spotted Sandpiper     16
Willet     1
Least Sandpiper     1
Band-tailed Pigeon     8
Mourning Dove     6
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Willow Flycatcher     1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher     1
Western Scrub-Jay     15
American Crow     24
Tree Swallow     180
Violet-green Swallow     120
Barn Swallow     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Western Bluebird     10
American Robin     4
European Starling     75
Western Tanager     15
Spotted Towhee     1
Black-headed Grosbeak     18
Brewer’s Blackbird     12
House Finch     80,  American Goldfinch     16

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