Posted by: atowhee | April 25, 2012

TOLMAN CREEK ROAD IN SPRING

Well, this turned out to be the right morning to drive up Tolman Creek Road.  Four earlier visits this spring ended with little but Steller’s Jays.  Today: bonanza.  My first Pygmy Owl in fifteen months.  First Calliope Hummingbirds of the year.  Other birders had seen them there earlier so it was just a matter of time.  First Nashville Warblers of year and they were plentiful.  Chestnut-backed Chickadees and a Dusky Flycatcher sharing a wet canyon about a mile beyond the blacktop.  Copulating Wild Turkeys.

I missed Cassin’s Vireos seen earlier by Gwenyth Ragosine and Barbara Massey.

Tolman Creek Rd., Jackson, US-OR; in the foothills of the Siskiyous up to about 4500′.
Apr 25, 2012 9:15 AM. Comments: Missed Cassin’s Vireo seen by other birders. 16 species.

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 3 Copulating couple
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) 1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope) 3 Pair in apparent courtship flights.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) 1 at about 4000′ , one maile past blacktop
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 7
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 6
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 1


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