Posted by: atowhee | May 6, 2010

Ashland Gallery

The bird population in our garden has shifted to its usual spring diversity.  The BT Pigeons are daily.  There’s only one pair of Robins, ditto Downy Woodpeckers and Flickers.  Surprisingly there seems to be a pair of Juncos.  Must be nesting nearby, their fellows have all flown uphill or up north.  The other dozens have gone for summer. So has the Song Sparrow.   The Steller”s Jay density is lower than in winter while a few Mourning Doves remain as does the usual pair of Scrub-Jays.  The Lesser Goldfinch population’s stable at a handful, more or less. The Spotted Towhee pair, the W-B Nuthatch and B-C Chickadees are ever present.  Earlier this week there was a gold rush.  Over 200 American Goldfinches arrived and emptied all our feeders rapidly.  Now only a few linger. No Wood-Pewee yet and no sign of garden warblers.  We wait for the annual caterpillar crop drifting down from the oaks on their thin fibers.  That brings flocks of feeding insectivores.

There are two Golden-crowned Sparrows in our yard now.  They will surely leave soon for points north.  The Junco pair seem settled in for the breeding season.

DOWNTOWN BIRDING

I see to it that this little Screech is the most photographed owl in all Ashland.

Male Red-winged Blackbird at North Mountain Park.


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