Posted by: atowhee | March 27, 2012


After seeing Peter Thiemann’s pictures, I took some time to swing past Agate Lake yesterday.  I wanted my own view of the Lewis’s Woodpeckers wintering there.There was a variety of raptors around the lake including my first Osprey in the county this spring. First, the bird was on the nest platform at the east end of the Agate Lake dam. Later I saw the Osprey carrying a fish away from the lake. Near the road there was a Merlin perched and a Kestrel eating a vole. Most fun was wastching my first Jackson County White Pelicans for the year. They paddled about in stately fashion, never running aground and never in a rush. Only the California Condor has as great a wing-span, up to 9 feet. Wiuth those long wings the White Pelican doesn’t dive into the water after fish the way its oceanic brown cousin can. These great birds seine the water with those voluminous beaks, trawling as they paddle about. They will often form an arc or circle around a school of fish, each pelican dipping and raising its beak in unison. Those bumps on the beaks are only decorations for the breeding season. These birds will NOT remain at Agate Lake nor will they breed there. Just passing through. Many of the inland lakes where they do breed are still frozen I’m sure.
Agate Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 26, 2012 2:00 PM
Protocol: Incidental
19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 35
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 60
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 3
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 50
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 1.

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