Posted by: atowhee | April 6, 2010

April Throats: White, Yellow, In Song

The afternoon brought some warmth with sporadic sunshine and temps over 50 degrees.  I headed down to Ashland Pond where the smaller birds were very busy.  A constant swirl of swallows overhead.  Good thing as there were small tornadoes of gnats along the pond’s shoreline.  If you stare at enough swallows long enough, one will grow long side feathers on its tail and morph into a Barn Swallow.  Then another may turn dusty brown and become a Northern Rough-winged.  I did NOT manage to pull a Violet-green or Cliff out of the twisting, turning, diving, swooping mass.

I saw both of the White-throated Sparrows that have apparently spent the winter at the pond.

The yellow spot on the lores is brilliantly lit in this pose.

This second White-throat was being bullied by a little gang of White-crowned Sparrows.  Probably telling him to go back where he came from.  Somewhere east of the Cascades, I imagine.

These are best images I could get of one of the Common Yellowthroats, newly arrived on their migration northward.  Earlier this week, My friend Peter Kreisman got this fine image of a Yellowthroat at Ashland Pond:

I couldn’t get one of the Lincoln’s Sparrow to pose, so here’s Peter Kreisman’s great picture of one at Ashland Pond recently.  These birds will eventually move upslope and nest in damp mountain meadows.

Singers today: Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, Purple Finch.  The jays must be nesting now as they were almost invisible and the Song Sparrows, so vocal in recent weeks: mum’s the word.

More interesting recent pics here, including our little cross-eyed owl.

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     4/6/10
Number of species:     27
New birds for the year at Ashland Pond.
Mallard     7
Ring-necked Duck     1
Hooded Merganser     4
Turkey Vulture     7
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Scrub-Jay     1
Tree Swallow     120
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     1
Barn Swallow     1
Bushtit     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
American Robin     5
European Starling     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     15
Common Yellowthroat     3
Spotted Towhee     1
Lincoln’s Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     2
White-crowned Sparrow     4
Golden-crowned Sparrow     12
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     2
Red-winged Blackbird     8
Purple Finch     6
Lesser Goldfinch     25


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