Posted by: atowhee | March 11, 2012


Four of us checked out some of the easy birding spots in Ashland today, dodging the rain and ice pellets that sporadically fell on us.  The small farm ponds on Siskiyou Boulevard East were ducky.  At North Mountain Park there was plenty of action at the feeders with the Red-winged Blackbirds were showing signs of courtship territoriality.  At Ashland Pond the fish were jumping and the ducks plentiful, especially the Ring-necked with their ringed bills:  The nesting Dipper was active beneath the Main Street Bridge.  Not a bad morninn for a snowy day in winter.

Here are four pictures I got at the end of the outing along Windemar:
BIRDS ABOVE: Hermit Thrush hiding; quail male on feeder; California Quail; two Band-tailed Pigeons.
Cougar Run Ranch 655 Windemar, Jackson, US-OR Mar 11, 2012 9:50 AM.10 species:  California Quail (Callipepla californica)  6; Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1; Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)  3–my first ones this year in Rogue Valley;Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1; Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2 Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20 Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  4.

Ashland, Jackson, US-OR Mar 11, 2012 10:15 AM. 11 species:  Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X American Coot (Fulica americana)  X Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)  X     Under Main Street Bridge American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis).

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR Mar 11, 2012 10:20 AM Protocol: Incidental 13 species

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1; Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2; Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1; American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  40   on ball fields; European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  15; Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  4; Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1; Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  12; Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  15; Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  30     on ball fields; Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  6; American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR Mar 11, 2012 10:50 AM Protocol: Incidental 24 species:  Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4 Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1 American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  15 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  1 American Coot (Fulica americana)  8; Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3; Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4; American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2; Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  50; American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3; European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2; Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  12; Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3; Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1; Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  8; Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12 ;Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  1; Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  8.


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