Posted by: atowhee | January 28, 2012


Best bird of the morning was an Orange-crowned Warbler in the willows just at the end of Glendower where you walk down to Ashland Pond. This species is an uncommon wintering  bird this far north. But the highlight was the variety of ducks on the little pond. First: quintet of Hooded Mergansers, females with the rusty heads and no white showing.  Then a cluster of Ring-necked Ducks, male with pale sidewall.  Also, at end of sequence, a male Wigeon with his pale blue beak.

Isn’t there an old folk saying, “let sleeping grebes lie?”  Well, actually, they sort of float about in the pond weeds.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR Jan 28, 2012 9:45 AM. 28 species. temp around freezing, some ice on the pond, but mostly open water.  Almost 3 drozen waterbirds on the pond, a high number for any season.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  22,  ALL FLY OVERS. American Wigeon (Anas americana)  4. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4. Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  5. Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  5. Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  8. Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  4. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2, COURTING PAIR IN AIR. American Coot (Fulica americana)  5 .Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1. Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4. Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5. Common Raven (Corvus corax)  3. Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2. Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     SINGING. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12. Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  1. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1. Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2. White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1. Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  15. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1 Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  1 Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  7 Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  3. Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  15. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  10. Below: two Red-tail soaring pics, they are circling in courtship pairs right now.  Nesting commences soon.  Then a Purple Finch, lastly American Robin watching me over his shoulder.


  1. That is a very fluffy robin. Aren’t they supposed to wait for spring?

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