Posted by: atowhee | November 3, 2010

By the Riverside

For the first time in months I got to take part in the monthly Rogue Valley Audubon walk along Military Slough and the area where Little Butte Creek flows into the Rogue River.  Bird of the day was actually a pair: two Pileated Woodpeckers working the base of a dead tree.  They were being roundly criticized by some Acorn Woodpeckers higher up in the same tree.

Here is one of the Acorns who was highly vociferous about the impingement of the big Pileated brutes further down the tree trunk.

Merlin in tree.

Above: Savannah Sparrow in full sun…after the fog burned off.  As our walk began the fog along the Rogue was dense.  Tuiny drops condensed on the tips of oak leaves and twings.  The soft splash of drops onto the ground was all around us.  In lieu of bird sound because it was still cold and most birds were not active or vocal.  A Scrub-Jay whined, a couple Wrentits bounced their tennis ball down an unseen hallway, but mostly just the sound of tiny drops, and the Little Butte Creek rushing past.  And the glory of finely handiwork etched in dew:

This late autumn wildflower is a catchfly, genus Silene.

Location:     Denman WMA–Touvelle Rd. area
Observation date:     11/3/10
Number of species:     32

Canada Goose     30
Wood Duck     2
Mallard     2
Double-crested Cormorant     1
Northern Harrier     1
Red-tailed Hawk     2
Merlin     1
Rock Pigeon     20
Belted Kingfisher     1
Acorn Woodpecker     25
Downy Woodpecker     4
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     5
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Western Scrub-Jay     15
Common Raven     1
Black-capped Chickadee     8
Bushtit     12
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Bewick’s Wren     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
Western Bluebird     40
Hermit Thrush     3
American Robin     8
Wrentit     4
European Starling     6
Spotted Towhee     7
Savannah Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     1
Golden-crowned Sparrow     25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     8
Red-winged Blackbird     12
Lesser Goldfinch     16

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