Posted by: atowhee | March 13, 2010

Return of the Osprey

There were Osprey over the the Rogue again this morning.  They rarely over-winter in this region. Swallows hawking insects just above the river.  Common Mergansers flying back and forth along the river.  A pair of Belted Kingfisher rattling out their calls, fishing in winter-high current.  A typical March day for the location.  Brown Creepers and White-breasted Nuthatches hunted in pairs along the oak trunks and limbs.  Acorn Woodpeckers were busy, busy, busy.  Place to go, laughs to share, holes to drill.  The Blue Heron adults were aloft on their nests along the north side of the river.  Western Meadowlarks sang in the grass, Song Sparrows from the riverside brush.  But the Golden-crowned Sparrows have not yet left for the northland, nor has the Merlin headed out.  More cold weather ahead.

Top to bottom:

Creeper creeping up his oak.

Creeper close-up:

Bewick’s Wren in the willows.  When the leaves are out, he will become nearly unseeable.

The Downy was hanging out.  So was the pair of White-breasted Nuthatches.

After the early morning fog burned off, the  blue sky and white clouds provided a fine background for a morning’s birding.

NATIVE WIDLFLOWERS

Some of the earliest native wildflowers are now out:

Herderson’s fawn lily, named for the marking on its leaves that resemble the speckling of a deer fawn.

At the bottom: a meadow foam, a low-growing grassland plant.

Location:     Denman WMA–Touvelle Rd. area.  This includes the mouth of Butte Creek where it enters the Rogue River and the southeast portion of Touvelle State Park.  This was a field trip for the Klamath Bird Observatory. Observation date:     3/13/10
Number of species:     37

Canada Goose     2
Wood Duck     2
American Wigeon     1
Ring-necked Duck     1
Common Merganser     4
California Quail     15
Great Blue Heron     30
Turkey Vulture     2
Osprey     3
Red-tailed Hawk     4
Merlin     1
Killdeer     3
Rock Pigeon     18
Mourning Dove     4
Belted Kingfisher     2
Acorn Woodpecker     30
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     3
Western Scrub-Jay     10
Common Raven     1
Tree Swallow     60
Violet-green Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     7
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Brown Creeper     2
Bewick’s Wren     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     3
American Robin     8
European Starling     20
Yellow-rumped Warbler     3
Spotted Towhee     16
Song Sparrow     8
Golden-crowned Sparrow     25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     15
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Western Meadowlark     3
Lesser Goldfinch     2


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