Posted by: atowhee | March 10, 2012

UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLES

Eagles were the bird of the day.  Yesterday the Bald Eagle was removed from the Oregon state list of endangered species. This morning our Klamath Bird Observatory field trip to Tou Velle State Park watched an adult Bald Eagle flying upstream over the Rogue River. Later in the morning we were on top of the ridge looking down on the ponds in Denman Wildlife Area to the north of us.  A pair of courting Golden Eagles flew over our heads, not too high up.  They continued eastward toward the Cascades, flying in tandem and close together. It is the first time I have seen both eagle species in the same day at Tou Velle abd Denman which are adjacent on the south bank of the Rogue River. CLICK HERE TO SEE TERRY DOYLE’S EAGLE PICTURES FROM TODAY.

Tree Swallows were overhead all morning.  Some were already exploring potential nesting holes in the oaks. Along with the swallows, the Acorn Woodpeckers seemed to be everywhere:

We also saw a handful of Brown Creepers, never an abundant bird in the Rogue Valley.  Often they were accompanied by or two White-breasted Nuthatches, the other half of the bark-cleaning crew at Tou Velle.

The surprise bird of the day was quintet of Pintails that flew in and landed on one of the Denman ponds while we watched.

CLICK HERE FOR SOME OF TERRY DOYLE’S PHOTOS.   Tou Velle SP, Jackson, US-OR.   Mar 10, 2012 8:30 AM.  Comments:     ONE OF THOSE PRE-SPRING DAYS, WITH MILD TEMP, THAT MAKES YOU HATE THE RETURN OF SNOW LATER IN THE SAME MONTH.  40 species:

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  6

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  5

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  10

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  25     ROOKERY WITH ACTIVE NESTS

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  2     PAIR FLYING IN COURTSHIP FLIGHT

American Coot (Fulica americana)  40

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  5

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  20

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  10

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4

Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6

Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  10

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  6

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  6

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  18

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  1     HEARD ONLY

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  1

Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  3.        We drove north on Table Rock Road to thr Table Rock Bible Church to see the Great Horned Owl nest in the tall cottonwood there.  The light was terrible, of course.

LOWER TABLE ROCK ROAD, Jackson, US-OR.   Mar 10, 2012 12:30 PM.  7 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  1

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  1     NESTING AT TABLE ROCK BIBLE CHURCH.  Common Raven 2;

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  2

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  10

Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  15.               Here’s the view of Upper Table Rock from Tou Velle as you look north across the Rogue River:


Responses

  1. Nice creeper picture! Those little dickens are certainly hard to get a decent picture of.


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