Posted by: atowhee | September 4, 2011

ASHLAND POND SUNDAY

A couple birding friends and I coincidentally converged at Ashland Pond this morning, and did the circuit together. The most unmissable birds was the autumn work-party of drumming, laughing Acorn Woodpeckers in the dead trees and large oak at the pond’s south edge. 

Another Pewee image.  They pose so nicely this time of year when all they can focus on is the next bug to bite.  Soon they’ll be gone and so will such posing until next April.

I arrived early this morning at the Dog Park and most of the Turkey Vultures were still in their cottonwood roosts.  This may be a seasonal roost because I first noticed them here about three weeks ago.  They may be birds drifting southward.  They stay on the limbs until the temp nears 75, and they begin landing in the evening as early as 5 P.M.   The cottonwoods are along the lower end of Ashland Creek about a 1/4  mile above its confluence with Bear Creek.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR.  Sep 4, 2011 9:10 AM.  18 species

Mallard  10
Hooded Merganser  2
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Acorn Woodpecker  6
Western Wood-Pewee  5
Black Phoebe  2
Western Scrub-Jay  7
American Crow  6
Spotted Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  1
Western Tanager  3

Bullock’s Oriole 1
House Finch  2
Lesser Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  10


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