Posted by: atowhee | December 30, 2011


110–species for entire Ashland Christmas Bird Count.  Last year we had 106.  Species that did not recur include Band-tailed Pigeon, Say’s Phoebe, Eurasian Wigeon and Lazuli Bunting.  Better weather this year helped us add species: Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Shoveler, Eared Grebe, Red Crossbill, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail (that’s one we may not get often in the future).  My team worked the Emigrant Lake area and we had 64 species including a Snow Goose and more than 100 Cacklers.

And we had the only California Towhees on the count this year.  They responded to the played-back calls of California QUAIL. They all speak the same Californian dialect?

Here’s one of the Varied Tghrush we found along Old Hwy 99 south, at about 3000′ under the wet canopy of Douglas fir and incense cedar.

And here’s a Yellow-shafted Flicker (the eastern race of flicker) that Alan Contreras found at the Ashland Dog Park.And this is what it looked like around the Peterson’s feeders at the north end of Emigrant Lake.  There were siskins, Lesser Goldfinch, Oak Titmouse, myriad Juncos, Scrub Jays, an Acorn Woodpecker, and finally our only chickadee of the day.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR Dec 29, 2011 7:15 AM Protocol: Incidental Comments:     Christmas Bird Count 56 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  1 Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  109 Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  458 American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  77 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  7 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  25 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  9 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  37 California Quail (Callipepla californica)  14 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  4 Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  1 Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  4 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1 Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  2 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  11 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1 Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)  1 American Coot (Fulica americana)  22. Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  3. Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  40. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  11. Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1 Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  20. Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  6. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  12. Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  50. Common Raven (Corvus corax)  10. Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1 Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  5 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4 Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  24 Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)  1 Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  3 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  700 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  600 Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  15. California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  2. Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  7. Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2 White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  6. Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  94. Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  215. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  61. Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  5. Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  4. Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  66. Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  50. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1.

ASHLAND CBC–AREA 8, Jackson, US-OR Dec 29, 2011 7:15 AM.Comments:     Does not include species seen around and on Emigrant Lake. 15 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X California Quail (Callipepla californica)  X Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  X Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  X Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  X American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  X European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X

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