Posted by: atowhee | July 4, 2011


Visiting Bay Area birder, Lee R, and I spent over ten hours chasing mountain birds.  I believe she got at least four lifers, including the male Williamson’s Sapsucker who finally appeared after we’d spent nearly an hour at the wildlife viewing pull-out along the west side of Hyatt Reservoir.  Click here for my lousy images of the weasel who was eating his lunch while we had our lunch.

Our best picture of the day was taken through an open car window of this songster sparrow, a Vesper along Dead Indian Mem. Road.

Female Common Merganser cruising the waters of Howard Prairie Lake.

A Western Bluebird (at 4500′) who’s figured out where the insects are going to congregate.  There was a flock of Western Bluebirds at Lily Glen where a horse encampment was underway supplying plenty of fresh bug-food, e.e. manure.  Meanwhile Mountain Bluebirds were out along the highway near their usual nest box.

Male Mountain Bluebird.

Willow Warbler in willow near Willow Point.

There were a pair of Creepers at Willow Point,  numerous Lazuli along Pilot Rock Road,  Oak Titmouse and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher along Shale City Road.   A female Harrier harrying over field where Howard Prairie Road hits DIMR–could there be a nesting pair around as Dick Ashford saw a male not many miles away?  Here’s my really bad Brown Creeper pics:

Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 3, 2011 7:30 AM.  39 species–Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier hunting over meadow near DIMR, Red-tailed Hawk,  Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Western Kingbird, Cassin’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,  Golden-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush (heard, unseen), American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Meadowlark, Brewer’s Blackbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Cowbird.  Grizzly Peak, Jackson, US-OR,  Jul 3, 2011 8:30 AM. 14 species: Mountain Quail  X     heard only. Band-tailed Pigeon  1. Red-breasted Sapsucker  1. Northern Flicker  1. Cassin’s Vireo  1. Steller’s Jay  2. Common Raven  1. Red-breasted Nuthatch  3. Hermit Thrush  2     heard only. American Robin  4. Yellow-rumped Warbler  3. Green-tailed Towhee  1. Dark-eyed Junco  6. Pine Siskin 2.  Shale City Road, Jackson, OR.  Jul 3, 2011 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM.  6.0 mile(s). 13 species: Mountain Quail  X     heard only. Northern Flicker. Western Wood-Pewee .  Cassin’s Vireo.  Steller’s Jay.  Oak Titmouse.  White-breasted Nuthatch.  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2). American Robin.  Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Hermit Warbler. Spotted Towhee. Black-headed Grosbeak.  Willow Point Campground, Jackson, OR. Jul 3, 2011 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.  10 species: Willow Flycatcher  1. Cassin’s Vireo  1. Steller’s Jay  2. Brown Creeper 2. American Robin  2. Dark-eyed Junco  2. Western Tanager  2. Black-headed Grosbeak  1. Lazuli Bunting  1. Brewer’s Blackbird  4.   Pilot Rock Rd., Jackson, OR.  Jul 3, 2011 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 4.5 mile(s). 10 species: Turkey Vulture, Anna’s Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Steller’s Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Hermit Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting.  There was little to report from Lily Glen or Mount Ashland where we arrived late in the afternoon.

A Howard Prairie view on a summer afternoon.


  1. Great pictures and great fun to share them with all of us. Hope that all your Bird watching give you great joy every time and to capture beautiful birds pictures that you will enjoy showing and talking to friends about. Thank you.

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