Posted by: atowhee | May 12, 2012


“ATF” is not Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearmns. In this contest it is the Ash-throated Flycatcher. One was calling along Bear Creek in North Mountain Park this morning. IMBD=International Migratory Bird Day. I do not expect to find the ATf is such a setting but apparently they are beginning to onest in riparian habitat whereas they’ve been traiditonally thought to be summer inhabitants of dry oak forests. Later in the day I heard one near Lithia Park so an entire air shipment must have just arrived in Ashland and they’ve not yet dispersed to their breeding areas.

I led a two hour walk for IMBD celebrants (i.e. birders) at North Mountain Park. We were treated to many of the bright colors of spring: Cedar Waxwing salmon, Bullock’s Oriole gold, Black-headed Grosbeak orange, Tree Swallow and Violet-green Swallow irridescent, Western Kingbird lemon, House Finch red, Cowbird brown, Bushtit grar. We got to watch Bushtits carrying food to their nest sac full of nestlings. We saw a Robin just beginning its nest-building. Abnd a few at ther end watched a White-breasted Nuthatch carrying food to its nest hole. And a passing Raven was mobbed by four Crows determined to speed the larger Corvid on its way.Tree Swallow female in nest box in a pond. White-breasted Njuthatch prepares to take food into nest hole. Bullfrog, an introduced species on Pacific Slope.
Joining our walk were some newly arrived interns at Klamath Bird Observatory, including students from Latin America where they will return to help with bird researcg on species that summer here and winter there: hence INTERNATIONAL Migratory Bird Day. Many of our breeding birds are frequent fliers.

The Wildlife Images animal rescue folks were there with two raptors: a pale-faced Red-tailed Hawk and and very dark-faced Peregrine.

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR. May 12, 2012 8:00 AM. Comments: Intl. Migratory Bird Day at North Mountain Park. 28 species.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 4
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 1 heard only
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 12
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 2 feeding young in nest
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 feeding young in nest
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 heard only
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 3
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) 4
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10

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