Posted by: atowhee | May 14, 2012


Actually this is the time for several chats. Alan Contreras reports he had ten different Yellow-breasted Chats here in Jackson County on a migrant bird survey yesterday. In the past three days I’ve heard four different birds along the Bear Creek and Ashland Creek drainage in the city limits of Ashland. This evening one was calling or singing or exclaiming (however you characterize their complex and varied and unpredictable sound-off) at the deep end of Ashland Pond from deep within the berry thicket. this is a Chat phot I took last year. I haven’t found one to sit still in view yet this spring.
There were male Yellow Warblers at Ashland Pond as well. Their golden color was properly set off by the black edging on the larger wing feathers and those carmine spots like melted wax down the chest. Both the warblers, Chat and Yellow, will settle in and nest around the pond and Bear Creek.
The Bushtit nest at Ashland pond is now almost invisible behind its cloak of foliage even though it’s only about fifteen feet off the path.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR. May 14, 2012 4:15 PM. 19 species.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 8 five week-old ducklings with their mother in pond
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 3
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 16
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) 3
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1

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