Posted by: atowhee | April 3, 2012

THOSE DAM DIPPERS.

Those dam Dippers are at “it” again.  “It” is nesting on the face of the Lithia Park swimming reservoir’s cement dam.The top picture shows Dipper on top of the dam. The middle shot shows the nest, a globe of moss, with its entrance hole on the lower left side. Bottom picture shows the loud and muddy flow now coming over the dam after recent storms.

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR UPDATES ON ALL LITHIA PARK DIPPERS FROM THE DIPPER WATCH TEAM HERE IN ASHLAND.

OTHER NESTING BIRDSThis is Red-tailed Hawk nest north of Mary Sue Smith bridge over Bear Creek along the Ashland portion of the Berar Creek Greenway. The nest is high in the still-leafless cottonwoods.I think this is one of the nesting RTH. This bird was perched in a tree next to Ashland pond, a short flight from the nest site and thus it is unlikely that an “outside” Red-tail would be allowed that close to an active nest. The hawks appear to be feeding nestling(s).In the V-shaped slot a Crow appeared to be beginning a nest this morning. This tree is along Ashland Creek about 100 yards upstream from Ashland Pond. It is also in a large cottonwood and less than 100 yards from the Red-tails over on Bear Creek.

Bear Creek Greenway–Ashland, Jackson, US-OR Apr 2, 2012 3:00 PM Protocol: Incidental 24 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  25,   most loafing in Bear Creek. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4. Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  .2 Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2,   nesting near Mary Sue Smith Footbridg.e Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  .2 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  10 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4 Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  8. White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2. Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  8. Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1 Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  16. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4. Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  1 Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1


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