Posted by: atowhee | November 30, 2011

SEASON OF THE LOON

The one month in autumn when you are most likely to see a Common Loon passing through Jackson County?  November.  And this morning across from the pioneer cemetery at Emigrant Lake was a single Common Loon, just under the wire for being here in November.  Two very distant images.

The weather was pretty awful, about 40 degrees, spitting rain, strong wind from the north.  Further upslope there must have been little balls of ice precipitating out of the low-slung clouds that obscured all views of Siskiyous and Cascades alike.  There were little fleets of ducks at the north and far southeast end of the reservoir.  Among the scattered Lesser Scaup, a female Greater Scaup with round head and longer hull.  My only images are of Lessers, all female.  The lone male was too far away.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR Nov 30, 2011 9:00 AM. 30 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4 American Wigeon (Anas americana)  3 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  9 Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  3 Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  1 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  7 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  6 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  5 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  9 Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1 Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  2 Western/Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis/clarkii)  6 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  2 Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1 American Coot (Fulica americana)  45 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1 Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1 Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  1. Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  11 Common Raven (Corvus corax)  14. White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2 Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  3 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  230. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4.5 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  25 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  16 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  30 Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  .4 Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  40.

Lesser Goldfinch and Bluebird share tree.


Responses

  1. Enjoyed the birding efforts on such a day. Always beautiful combination of Goldfinch-Bluebird in one frame! e


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