Posted by: atowhee | April 29, 2010

Ashland Ponderables

What a difference a day makes. At Ashland Pond it meant three First-Of-Season (FOS) species.  Today there were Bullock’s Oriole, House Wren and Yellow-breasted Chat.  All new birds for me this season in Oregon.  My only Oregon FOS there yesterday was the Pac-slope Flycatcher.

Today I was at Ashland Pond with Ian Smith and his wife, visiting birders from Australia.  Working on their North American life list.  Got them some new ones.  Including my FOS MacGillivray’s Warbler in his usual canyon on upper Granite Street.  Despite the cold this male was active, bouncing around on bush-tops, scolding us as loudly as he could.  Further uphill was a calling Pileated which we could not see.

Other new birds for the visiting Aussies: Evening Grosbeaks, soon to be declared Ashland junk birds…Lincoln’s Sparrows which out-numbered visible Song Sparrows at Ashland Pond today…White-throated Sparrow…Wrentit…Vaux’s Swift,,, Northern Rough-winged Swallow…Dipper at the Main Street Bridge…Calliope Hummers and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher on Tolman Creek Road.  Eagerly await my first spring tanagers and pewees.

Hairy Woodpecker on tree between Ashland Pond and Bear Creek.  Bird was not shy and quite open with his opinions, calling repeatedly.

Green Herons are pairin’.  Last year the pair at Ashland Pond raised three young.  Good news for birders, not so good for the Pacific chorus frog.  Here’s the nearby nest along Bear Creek below the dog park, same pair that are seen at Ashland Pond?

That is the heron’s back just below the vertical line. The nest is best seen from the paved walkway alongside  llamanation, looking uphill in the direction of the dog park.  Best parking along the left-had turn at the bottom of Oak Street before you near the Ashland Sewer Plant.  Soon the alder leaves will conceal it entirely.  Nest was found last year by Pepper Trail, I believe.

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     4/28/10
Number of species:     38

Canada Goose     2
Mallard     2
Hooded Merganser     2
Turkey Vulture     4, Green Heron  2
Ring-billed Gull     2
Mourning Dove     2
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Acorn Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     2
Black Phoebe     2, Pac-slope Flycatcher 1
Western Scrub-Jay     6
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     6
Barn Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     3
American Robin     5
European Starling     4
Orange-crowned Warbler     2
Yellow-rumped Warbler     20
Common Yellowthroat     1
Wilson’s Warbler     4
Spotted Towhee     4
Song Sparrow     4
Lincoln’s Sparrow     1
White-throated Sparrow     1
Golden-crowned Sparrow     16
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     2
Black-headed Grosbeak     2
Red-winged Blackbird     15
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Purple Finch     2
House Finch     4
Lesser Goldfinch     4
American Goldfinch     6

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     4/29/10
Number of species:     36

Canada Goose     4
Wood Duck     2
Mallard     2
Hooded Merganser     2
Turkey Vulture     4
Red-tailed Hawk     1, Green Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull     6
Mourning Dove     2
Anna’s Hummingbird     2
Acorn Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Western Scrub-Jay     5
American Crow     4
Tree Swallow     16
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     8
Black-capped Chickadee     4
American Robin     4, House Wren 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     35
Common Yellowthroat     2
Wilson’s Warbler     6
Yellow-breasted Chat     1
Spotted Towhee     6
Song Sparrow     4
Lincoln’s Sparrow     6
White-throated Sparrow     1
Golden-crowned Sparrow     25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     2
Red-winged Blackbird     8
Bullock’s Oriole     2
Purple Finch     1
House Finch     4
Lesser Goldfinch     3
Evening Grosbeak     3


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