Posted by: atowhee | April 23, 2011


I had a half dozen new birds of the year at Lower Table Rock today.  I was leading a birding trip there for Nature Conservancy.  A whole tranche of new spring arrivals were around, many singing.

A Lark Sparrow gives us the eye.

Cassin’s Vireo reciting the only song he knows, overhead.

A pair of Western Kingbirds were on the fence near the parking lot at the end of our hike.

A short course in sparrow ID was sharing that same fence.  Like this bright Savannah.  Down the line, a Lincoln’s among several no-longer-missing Lincs.  Plenty of White-crowns and Golden-crowns around as well.  In the brush nearby, both local towhees.  Sparrow-world!

Besides the Lark Sparrow and Chipping Sparrows in song, other birds that were new for the year: Kingbird, Cliff Swallows at Touvelle Bridge over the Rogue, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the underbrush on the slope, Rufous Hummingbird up on the plateau.

Western Meadowlark

White-breasted Nuthatch.

Location:     Lower Table Rock
Observation date:     4/23/11
Notes:     Jackrabbit and ground squirrel.  Many fine wildflowers including friilleria, hound’s tongue and mountain mahongany.
Number of species:     38

Canada Goose     2
Mallard     2
Great Blue Heron     1
Turkey Vulture     16
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     1
Anna’s Hummingbird     2
Rufous Hummingbird     2
Acorn Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher     1
Western Kingbird     2
Cassin’s Vireo     2
Western Scrub-Jay     4
Common Raven     2
Tree Swallow     12
Violet-green Swallow     4
Oak Titmouse     12
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Bewick’s Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     3
Western Bluebird     4
European Starling     6
Orange-crowned Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     15
Spotted Towhee     4
California Towhee     2
Chipping Sparrow     5
Lark Sparrow     3
Savannah Sparrow     12
Lincoln’s Sparrow     7
White-crowned Sparrow     5
Golden-crowned Sparrow     14
Western Meadowlark     4
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Purple Finch     4
Lesser Goldfinch     5

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