Posted by: atowhee | April 21, 2011

HOW LOW DO THEY GO?

I was was pleasantly surprised to see a Townsend’s Solitaire on the west-facing slope above Glenview Road in Ashland today.  Elevation would have been about 2400′.  Don’t blame him as the snow level overnight cam down to about 3500′.

Also, he was a long way from the nearest western juniper, a major source of his favorite food: juniper berries.

Another couple of migrant birds I saw for the first time today: Black-throated Gray Warbler in the oaks over our house.  And a Cassin’s Vireo creeping along, trying to keep up with a frantic flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers along Ashland Creek just upstream from the swimming reservoir in Lithia Park.


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