Posted by: atowhee | September 14, 2009

Climbing toward 700 US lifers

Not me, I got to help Jim and Joan Clapp add one more to their North American life list.  We saw three Red-breasted Sapsuckers on Mount Ashland.  That was their new bird.  They’re now well past 650 species.  We had several other fine sightings.WH WOOD 9-14-09

Here’s one of the two WH Woodpeckers Jim spotted near the Pacific Crest Trail downslope from the Mt. Ashland campground.



mtn chck  9-14Here’s one of the many Mountain Chickadees we saw.  I did not manage to get a single picture of the flock of Townsend’s Solitaires around MP 10.

There was also evidence of raptors migrating over the mountain.  Three Coops soaring at the same time in the same vicinity.  The Wilson’s and Yellow Warblers were seen near Colestine Road, not the summit.  Location:     Mt. Ashland
Observation date:     9/14/09
Number of species:     21

Turkey Vulture     2
Cooper’s Hawk     3
Red-tailed Hawk     3
Band-tailed Pigeon     9
Red-breasted Sapsucker     3
Downy Woodpecker     1
White-headed Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     12
Steller’s Jay     16
Common Raven     11
Mountain Chickadee     25
Red-breasted Nuthatch     16
Townsend’s Solitaire     45
American Robin     2
Orange-crowned Warbler     4
Yellow Warbler     2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)     2, Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager     1
Lincoln’s Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     120


Back down in the valley we checked out Emigrant Lake.  A Lewis’s Woodpecker flew past as we drove up to the pioneer cemetery.  On the south shore, now a broad expanse of dried mud: Baird’s Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover and a Red-necked Phalarope behsaving like a sandpiper.RN PHAL BETTER PIC This may be the first time I’ve ever seen a phalarope’s legs out of water.SAV SPARRO  Below: Savannah Sparrow, Emigrant Lake.

The Clapps head to Crater Lake where I hope they’ll get their first Cassin’s Finch, whihc we missed on Mt. Ashland a,long with elusive Mtn. Quail.  That’d give them one more lifer before they head back home near Cincy.




Location:     Emigrant Lake
Observation date:     9/14/09
Number of species:     28

Canada Goose     75
Mallard     6
Cinnamon Teal     3
California Quail     6
Pied-billed Grebe     1
Western Grebe     1
Great Egret     3
Turkey Vulture     3
Osprey     1
Red-tailed Hawk     2
Semipalmated Plover     1
Killdeer     15
Spotted Sandpiper     1
Western Sandpiper     40
Baird’s Sandpiper     2
Red-necked Phalarope     1
Lewis’s Woodpecker     1
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     2
Western Scrub-Jay     10
American Crow     4
Common Raven     4
European Starling     80
Spotted Towhee     2
Savannah Sparrow     4
White-crowned Sparrow     3
Brewer’s Blackbird     40,     House Finch 2


  1. We loved our time with you, Harry, great birds and GREAT company. Yes, we were able to add two more birds, Cassin’s Finch and Black-backed Woodpecker to our list in Bend. We also saw 10,000 Vaux’s Swift in Portland roosting in a huge school chimney. What an experience… We loved Oregon– Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, beautiful forests and lakes, and wonderful friendly people… Thank you again and we will pass along your name…Enjoy Joan C. Clapp

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