Posted by: atowhee | November 5, 2010

New Bird at Ashland Pond

The fish were jumping at Ashland Pond.  And the Great Egret’s showy presence reflected well on the pond.

As I left the pond gthere was a young White-crowned Sparrow in the path.  He was acting the way some Ashlanders describe our aggressive, blood-thirsty local deer.  This sparrow would not give way. He insisted on his right-of-way in the path.  So, I took his picture.  There were no reports of injuries after this encounter.

And apropose this particular election week–this reminder of a politician surrounded by fellow-pols.  Here’s a Pied-billed Grebe, surrounded by…yes, pond scum:

A late fall wildflower:

And here’s Ashland Creek racing to join Bear Creek just north of the pond itself.  A view possible now that the blackberries have been chopped away.

Short of an Agent Orange assault, the blackberry bushes will be back.  Not so sure about the Wrentit.  Haven’t been able to raise one in the area since the berry banishment began.


Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     11/5/10
Notes:     First Great Egret I’ve seen at Ashland Pond
Number of species:     21

Mallard     2
Pied-billed Grebe     1
Great Blue Heron     1
Great Egret     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Acorn Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     4
Western Scrub-Jay     6
Black-capped Chickadee     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
American Robin     5
European Starling     3
Yellow-rumped Warbler     2
Spotted Towhee     2
Song Sparrow     1
White-crowned Sparrow     1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     3
Purple Finch     3
Lesser Goldfinch     8


  1. Beaut pics and fun to read, e

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