Posted by: atowhee | June 29, 2011

HEAD IN(to) THE CLOUDS

This morning the dog(s) and I ventured up to Pilot Rock Road.  It’s generally above 4000 in elevation and the rain clouds that were forecast to be gone were lying along the ridgeline.  Visibility and light levels were low.  Bird song volume, however, was good.  I heard several calling Mountain Quail.  None actually seen, of course.

you can see how vague the images are, taken through a veil of drizzle and cloud.

This pair of Green-tailed Towhees were most curious about my activity in their breeding territory.

There were Spotted Towhees as well.  They are the general purpose towhee hereabouts.  They overlap with California Towhee along creeks in the lowlands and here in middle elevations they can be found alongside their musical cousins, GTT.

Singing male Lazuli Buntings were all along the Pilot Rock Road as soon as I turned off Old Hwy 99.

Pilot Rock Rd., Jackson, US-OR
Jun 29, 2011 10:15 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     very low clouds, light rain
10 species

Mountain Quail  6     heard only
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Steller’s Jay  1
American Robin  1
Green-tailed Towhee  4
Spotted Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Lazuli Bunting  12
Purple Finch  2


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