Posted by: atowhee | March 19, 2011


It was cold, finger-tingling cold.  But the sightings were heart-warming as spring now promises inevitability.  Tree and Violet-green Swallows were moving northward in loose flocks, feeding on the wing as their migration goes on.  A kettle of Turkey Vultures, another early migrant, circled over Whetstone Savannah, then on to the Rogue River.  Bluebirds were in breeding plumage,Western Meadowlarks were in voice.  And across Newlands Road north of Whetstone we watched two Ravens tears live limbs from an oak then take them up to their nest in a bipedal utility pylon.

California Towhee atop his chosen bush.

Male Western Bluebird in oak.

Southern Oregon buttercup

purple-eyed grass

Location:     Whetstone Prairie
Observation date:     3/19/11
Number of species:     28

Mallard     2
Great Blue Heron     3
Turkey Vulture     30
White-tailed Kite     1
Red-tailed Hawk     3, Cooper’s Hawk 1,   American Kestrel     1
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     4
Western Scrub-Jay     10
Common Raven     2
Tree Swallow     45
Violet-green Swallow     6
Bushtit     10
Western Bluebird     4
American Robin     75
European Starling     60
Yellow-rumped Warbler     1
Spotted Towhee     6
California Towhee     3
Fox Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     1
White-crowned Sparrow     25
Golden-crowned Sparrow     8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     6
Red-winged Blackbird     10
Western Meadowlark     45                          Also:  jackrabbits

From Whetstone our Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip went to Medford Airport to do some owling.  That’s another blog.

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