Posted by: atowhee | May 16, 2011

WILSONS AND THE PEWEES

“Wilsons and the Pewees.”  Sound like a high school garage band?  Well, it was birding Ashland Pond this morning.  Wilson’s Warblers outnumbered Yellow-rumps, and a whole phalanx of Western Wood-Pewees were flycatching in the trees and brush along the pond banks.  And there were my first Oregon Yellow WARBLERS of the season, not posing for pictures of course.  At least flycatchers stop long enough in one place for me to push the button.  Here’s an obliging Pewee, stopped for a wee sec:

There was this pair of fresh-feathered Waxwings feeding one another on a tree branch.

I know the usual May influx of Evening Grosbeaks has been going on here for days.  I got my first glimpse this morning.  I could hear their baby-chick-like peeping the minute I got out of my car.  They were staying up high and this male was behind several layers of branch, but you can see the golden forehead, almost.

As the trees leaf out, the tree-toppers get harder to find.  There were many Yellow Warblers this morning, again my first here this season.  But they were ravenous and constantly in motion.Plenty of song: oriole, Black-headed Grosbeak on and on, Western Tanager, Purple Finch, Song Sparrow, Acorn Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch.  Momma Wood Duck now has four surviving ducklings following her around.  They’re about five inches long now.  They’ve gotta survive otter and heron.

Sadly there are many Brown-headed Cowbirds around, as well:

Over at the dog park a House Wren was singing.  He must be getting a little anxious to get up into the mountains and claim his nest box.

Location:     Ashland Pond
Observation date:     5/16/11
Notes:     FOS: Yellow Warblers, Pewees at pond
Number of species:     35

Canada Goose     X
Wood Duck     X
Mallard     X
Pied-billed Grebe     X
Turkey Vulture     X
Osprey     X
Red-tailed Hawk     X
Ring-billed Gull     X
Mourning Dove     X
Acorn Woodpecker     X
Western Wood-Pewee     X
Western Scrub-Jay     X
Common Raven     X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     X
Tree Swallow     X
Violet-green Swallow     X
Barn Swallow     X
Black-capped Chickadee     X
White-breasted Nuthatch     X
American Robin     X
European Starling     X
Yellow Warbler     X
Yellow-rumped Warbler     X
Wilson’s Warbler     X
Spotted Towhee     X
Song Sparrow     X
Western Tanager     X
Black-headed Grosbeak     X
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Bullock’s Oriole     X
Purple Finch     X
Lesser Goldfinch     X
American Goldfinch     X
Evening Grosbeak     X
House Sparrow     X

Location:     Bear Creek Greenway–Ashland
Observation date:     5/16/11
Notes:     House Wren was singing
Number of species:     22

Mallard     X
Turkey Vulture     X
Rock Pigeon     X
Vaux’s Swift     X
American Crow     X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     X
Tree Swallow     X
Violet-green Swallow     X
Barn Swallow     X
Cliff Swallow     X
House Wren     X
European Starling     X
Spotted Towhee     X
Song Sparrow     X
Western Tanager     X
Black-headed Grosbeak     X
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Brewer’s Blackbird     X
Brown-headed Cowbird     X
Bullock’s Oriole     X
Lesser Goldfinch     X
House Sparrow     X


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