Posted by: atowhee | April 25, 2012


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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