Posted by: atowhee | January 1, 2010

Last birds and first birds

It was bittersweet to see my last few birds of 2009.  Overall a busy year of birding though I never got far from the Pacific Coast for twelve months.  I saw well over 200 species in Oregon alone, more than anybody else contributing to eBird this past year. In Jackson County I found 190 with the last new one being a Redhead on December 30th at Ashland Pond, a county lifer.

Nearly every dark evening, long after sunset, the light nearly gone from our garden, I can see the slow, deliberate searching motion of the Mourning Doves.  Last bird of 2009.  The Mourning Doves are often the first birds into the garden each morning.  I can often see their forms moving about in the faint pre-dawn light, or even in the lasting glow of a full moon at that time of the month.

Other birds on New Year’s Eve:

Dark-backed Duck, an Ashland endemic.

Western Pallid Pond Duck, another Ashland endemic.

And these handsome neighbors:

Gotta preen and sheen and keep those feathers clean.  What a looker he is.

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     12/31/09
Number of species:     22

Canada Goose     120
Gadwall     1
American Wigeon     1
Mallard     8
Northern Shoveler     2
Hooded Merganser     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Coot     2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     3
Black Phoebe     1
Western Scrub-Jay     6
Common Raven     3
Golden-crowned Kinglet     1
American Robin     4
European Starling     3
Spotted Towhee     1
Song Sparrow     1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     6
Red-winged Blackbird     1
Purple Finch     2
Lesser Goldfinch     6
American Goldfinch     1




Above: Black-capped Chickadee, Steller’s Jay, male Northern Flicker


First owl, pictured with flash.  Below,  natural light, same owl in same Granite Street tree crevice:

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     1/1/10
Number of species:     17

Canada Goose     30
Gadwall     1
American Wigeon     1
Mallard     10
Northern Shoveler     2
Bufflehead     2
American Coot     2
Black Phoebe     1
Western Scrub-Jay     6
Black-capped Chickadee     1
American Robin     4
Spotted Towhee     4
Golden-crowned Sparrow     6
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     12
Purple Finch     8
Lesser Goldfinch     15
American Goldfinch     3.            Last garden squirrel of 2009:

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