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Posted by: atowhee | June 25, 2011

I’VE BEEN INPSECTED, DEFLECTED AND REJECTED

A very investigative male MacGillivray’s Warbler this morning gave Nora the dog and me the very thorough once-over and decided we were not invited into his chosen canyon.   It only took a couple pishes to get the fellow up from the shady, brush-clogged gulch into a nearby alder.

This canyon has been home to a Mac for the past three years but I was worried this spring.  A lot of brush-clearing has been done on the slopes and down along the small stream but the very wet spring has given rise to rapid growth of the brush so the Mac has plenty of cover in which to lurk.  This canyon is beyond the upper end of Granite Street, Ashland, and about 150 yards beyond the forest service gate.

Click here for some history of MacGillivray, Townsend, Tolmie, Audubon and the namesake warbler.

The Granite Street Screech-Owl is harder to see these days…dense tree leaves cover much of his hidey-hole.  Bu shooting through a small gap, I got this small face shot.  And got a stare most unwelcoming.  Glad not to be a moth in his gaze.

Granite St.–Upper, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 25, 2011 9:30 AM
Protocol: Incidental
10 species

Warbling Vireo  X
Common Raven  X
Violet-green Swallow  X
American Robin  X
Nashville Warbler  X
MacGillivray’s Warbler  X
Spotted Towhee  X
Western Tanager  X
Black-headed Grosbeak  X
Lazuli Bunting  X

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