Posted by: atowhee | October 17, 2010


There were several interesting single birds at Emigrant Lake today, all due to the fall migration.  A Bonaparte’s Gull, a female Lesser Scaup, an Eared Grebe still bearing some of its golden ear feathers. One mini-goose, A Cackler, among the usual band of robust Canada Geese.  But most surprising, and not a little distressing: a lone Violet-green Swallow feeding on the bugs brought out by the balmy afternoon temps.  This is two weeks after the previous latest sighting  for this species in Jackson County according to eBird.  Worse yet, it’s far later than any swallow sighting for other species.  Most swallows have gone south by mid-Septembr, or even earlier.  I just hope he found plenty to eat and then skeedaddles over the Siskiyou Pass before nightfall.

There was also a small group of Western Sandpipers, again a late sighting for these migrants as well.

Location:     Emigrant Lake
Observation date:     10/17/10
Notes:     Late for a swallow
Number of species:     22

Cackling Goose     1
Canada Goose     70
Mallard     1
Lesser Scaup     1
Common Merganser     14
Eared Grebe     1
Great Blue Heron     2
Red-tailed Hawk     2
Killdeer     15
Western Sandpiper     11
Bonaparte’s Gull     1
Belted Kingfisher     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     4
Western Scrub-Jay     8
Common Raven     4
Violet-green Swallow     1
American Robin     6
European Starling     50
Yellow-rumped Warbler     2
Spotted Towhee     1
Golden-crowned Sparrow     15
Lesser Goldfinch     4

Yellow-rumped Warbler in willow, staring at the camera.

A distant CGS on sentinel rock.

Much of the Emigrant Lake bed is dry, awaiting the rainy season, due any day now.



  1. Enjoyed the comparison of geese and the artistic look at a dried lake bed! e

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