Posted by: atowhee | August 6, 2011

AUGUST SURPRISES

There was also a mature female Hooded Merganser in the pond at the same time.  Along with the family of eight Wood Ducks, including the mother. The Hoodies may have bred at Ashland Pond or along nearby Billings Ranch Pond on private land.

The immature Mockingbird was in the willows on the trail between the pond and Glendower Street.  This is the time year that newly fledged “teenage” birds begin to wander and often show up in places their parents would never be found.  This time of year you might encounter a Steller’s Jay in a corn field, or a young Kingbird in a woodlot.  It’s time for post-breeding dispersal.

Western Wood-Pewee.  “Why,” one might wonder, “take so many pictures of the drab and abundant WPW?”

“Well,” I might answer, “they sit so still.”

Unlike, say the Vaux’s Swift or Belted Kingfisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s second pic of the young Mocker.  From underneath with white tail edging clearly visible.  The Mockingbird is a fairly recent arrival in Oregon.  One Oregon bird book copyrighted in 2003 still lists the species as vagrant though we know now that they are breeding north of Medford around Whetstone Savannah. First nesting recorded in Rogue Valley (first for whole state of Oregon) was in 1993.  For more info see BIRDS OF OREGON, edited by Contreras, etal.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR.  Aug 6, 2011 8:30 AM.  19 species

Wood Duck  8
Mallard  12
Hooded Merganser  2     Probably evidence of breeding here or nearby, I have photos of immature Hoodie.
Turkey Vulture  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  2
Western Wood-Pewee  2
Western Scrub-Jay  7
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  1     First one I’ve seen at Ashland Pond.  No previous records for this site.  Got photos.
Spotted Towhee  6
Song Sparrow  1
Lesser Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  4


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