Posted by: atowhee | November 6, 2011


There were a lot of birds busy around Ashland Pond this morning.  After a near-freezing night of rain, the need to feed overwhelmed the need to stay warm or dry.  The drizzle continued but hunger trumped comfort as it usually does in nature.

Half of the birds about were Robins.  Stop near a bush and two Robins streak up into a tree.  Round a bend in the path and a Robin flutters from the trail ahead to hide in the berries.  Robins whinny from treetops and from bushes, in flight and in pursuit.  The cold and the competition for food leads to periodic Robin tornadoes: two birds in rapid swirling flight descending, one after the other until the leader peels off to a safe hideaway.  A couple times I see Robins even attack the local Scrub-Jays.

Surprise of the day: a lone Wilson’s Snipe explodes from the grass next to the pond when the dog and I approach.  Ebird shows only previous snipe sightings at the pond were in December.

The Fox Sparrows are no longer scarce and the White-throated Sparrow was easy to see, hard to photograph on the trail uphill from the south side of the pond.  In my picture Mr. W-T is at the right-hand edge of path, to the right of the Juncos.



Cedar Waxwing.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR.   Nov 6, 2011 10:00 AM.                                                                         Comments:     light rain, temp < 40 degrees F.  23 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  60
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  6
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  12
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  25
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  8
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  12

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