Posted by: atowhee | April 10, 2012


This is one of the two White-throated Sparrows that have wintered at Ashland Pond.  They’re now in breeding plumage and this one perched and sang in front of our OLLI field trip group this morning.  This species is unusual enough in the West that it’s song does not appear in most compilations of western bird songs.  But it’s a clear, easy-to-remember “peabody, peabody, peabody.” His appearance is roughly similar to both White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows, fellow members of the Zonotrichia genus. All have unmarked gray chests, head stripes and brown striped backs.  Only Mr. White-throat has flashy saffron lores.  The two W-Ts will migrate out soon.Birds from top left: Siskins bathing; Green Heron afar; Double-crested Cormorant with crest showing; Acorn Woodpecker aloft.

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR Apr 10, 2012 8:00 AM. 27 species

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1. Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1 Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4. American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  8 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1 Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1 Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  50 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  40 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1 White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1 Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  15 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  20 Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  6 Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  4 Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  30 Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  20 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4. Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)  30     FIRST I’VE SEEN THIS SEASON IN ASHLAND.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR Apr 10, 2012 9:50 AM. Comments:     OLLI CLASS FIELD TRIP. 29 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  7. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8     FLY OVERS. Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  6 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  .1 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1. Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  4. Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1 Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1. Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4. Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1 Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4. Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  8. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  20 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2. Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1. White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  6. Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1. White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2  SINGING MALES. Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  20. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  12. Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)  20. Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  4. Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  8. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5.  Total species on the day: 41 plus a Red-tailed Hawk that flew over us between birding locations.


  1. The White-throated Sparrow says “Old Sam Peabody”. Or for the northerners, “Oh Sweet Canada”. The tea kettle mnemonic is usually attributed to Carolina Wren.

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