Posted by: atowhee | July 1, 2012

CASCADES DELIVER

The second day of birding for the Klamath Bird Observatory mountain birding seminar was in the Cascades in eastern Jackson County. Despite heavy clouds and light rain in the morning, we had a fine day. A Pileated Woodpecker showed up while we searched for the Williamson’s Sapsucker on Conde Creek Road. We considered that worthy consolation.
At Howard Prairie Lake we watched a mother Common Merganser with six modest-sized ducklings, one still riding on her back. The pair of Mountain Bluebirds nesting on the Howard Prairie Wooden sign on Dead Indian Mem Road have fledgled three young and they were feeding in the meadow across the road to the north. We saw no young with a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the distance there.
An Osprey was on the nest atop the dead tree in Hyatt Lake; and the Osprey nesting at the southwest corner of Emigrant Lake have three nestlings visible.
Two nice finds: Vesper Sparrow in the Keene Creek meadow south of Little Hyatt Reservoir and a Rock Wren at the large rock face uphill from MP 13 on Hwy 66. The pull-out there has a tall security, chain-link fnece to keep you from going over the edge.
Vespre Sparrow on post in Keene Creek meadow along Old Hyatt Road.
Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR. Jul 1, 2012 7:50 AM. 10 species. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) X
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X. Willow Witt Ranch, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 1, 2012 8:30 AM. 21 species.Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus) X heard only
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) X
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) X
Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) X
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X.
Conde Creek Rd., Jackson, US-OR. Jul 1, 2012 9:45 AM. 3 species. Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) X
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X.
Howard Prairie Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 1, 2012 10:10 AM. 29 species. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) X
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) X
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) X
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X. Hyatt Reservoir, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 1, 2012 1:45 PM. 5 species. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) X
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) X. Little Hyatt Reservoir, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 1, 2012 2:10 PM. 8 species. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) X
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X,


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