Posted by: atowhee | September 20, 2009

Last days of summer, 2009

You know you’re having a good morning in the field when you see more Cedar Waxwings than either Starlings or Canada Geese!  That’s how it began for Linda and Barry Miller of Crockett, CA, and myself this last day of summer.  At Ashland Pond, 715AM.  California Quail ran across our path just as we put our binocs on. A Western Tanager and a Wilson’s Warbler were in the first bushes after we got out of the car.  Later, we got clear views of a hunting Green Heron.  The fall sparrow crowd was there in force including my first Golden-crowns of the season, Savannahs and Lincoln’s on the move, plenty of White-crowns.  A smattering of warblers and even a Willow Flycatcher as well as Wood-Pewee and the Black Phoebe that be at the pond on Christmas Day. Other firsts: first grosbeak I’d seen this week, first Coot on the pond since spring, first young Purple Finches down from the mountains.  For good Wood Duck viewing we stopped in Lithia Park:IMG_9910






Male Wood with his fancy dress.  Pair of Wood Ducks, female with her spectacular white spectacleIMG_9912.














Acorn Woodpeckers, hanging around.ACWO SIDEWYS

bluebird thirstyThirsty male Western Bluebird.  This drinking fountain at Emigrant Lake had a small leak and it was visited by Lesser and American Goldfinches as well as House Finches and bluebirds during the short time we watched it.



WBNU CLIMBSWhite-breasted Nuthatch who shares the oaks with titmouse, bluebirds, woodpeckers and chickadees.


OAK TIT UPOak Titmouse, curious about the three bipeds staring into his oaks.











One of the three Pectoral Sandpipers at Emigrant Lake on Sunday.


This gopher snake seemed to be warming on the sunned sand near the lake.  He ignored us as I took his picture several times.

















IMG_9930He was slender and about a yard long, not easily fitting into a single frame without becoming a mere dark line on the pale sand.





Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     9/20/09
Notes:     Last day of summer but plenty of fall and winter birds.
Number of species:     45

Canada Goose     15
Wood Duck     5
Mallard     6
California Quail     4
Pied-billed Grebe     1
Green Heron     1
Turkey Vulture     1
American Coot     1
Belted Kingfisher     1
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     2
Western Wood-Pewee     1
Willow Flycatcher     1
Black Phoebe     1
Warbling Vireo     1
Western Scrub-Jay     6
American Crow     6
Common Raven     2
Tree Swallow     15
Black-capped Chickadee     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
American Robin     2
Wrentit     1
European Starling     4
Cedar Waxwing     120,   Orange-crowned Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     1
Black-throated Gray Warbler     1
Common Yellowthroat     2
Wilson’s Warbler     1
Western Tanager     2
Spotted Towhee     4
Savannah Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     6
Lincoln’s Sparrow     5
White-crowned Sparrow     45
Golden-crowned Sparrow     15
Black-headed Grosbeak     1
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Brewer’s Blackbird     12
Purple Finch     2
House Finch     10
Lesser Goldfinch     4
American Goldfinch     2

——————-Location:     Emigrant Lake
Observation date:     9/20/09,    Number of species:     31

Canada Goose     150
Mallard     10
Common Merganser     6
Great Blue Heron     2
Great Egret     1
Turkey Vulture     20
Osprey     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Golden Eagle     1
American Coot     5
Killdeer     12
Spotted Sandpiper     1
Western Sandpiper     15
Pectoral Sandpiper     3
Ring-billed Gull     4
Lewis’s Woodpecker     15
Acorn Woodpecker     8
Red-breasted Sapsucker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Scrub-Jay     12
American Crow     6
Common Raven     2
Oak Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Western Bluebird     20,   Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)     1
Western Meadowlark     2
Brewer’s Blackbird     8
House Finch     15
Lesser Goldfinch     2
American Goldfinch     1

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