Posted by: atowhee | July 14, 2012

THE SEASON HAS CHANGED

Norm Barrett reported some southbound shorebirds earlier this week. Today I saw my first post-breeding migrants at Emigrant Lake. There were eight Western Sandpipers, still brightly colored. Their plumage will fade to dingier, grayer tones over the next few months. They are a sign that the season is shifting from breeding to migrating for the “early birds.”
In the Western U.S. this is one of our most abundant shorebirds with a total population of four million or more. Most breed in the Arctic and winter south of Oregon so these birds are passing through. This small flock was at the north end of Rosebud Lane, just where the willows end.
The three youngster ont he Em Lake Osprey nest are getting close to fledging. And both adult birds were actively fishing while I was there this morning.
Other young birds I saw included Wood Ducklings and Mallards. This year’s Canada Goose fledglings already look like slim versions of their parents.
Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 14, 2012 11:00 AM. 27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 120
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 7
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 3
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 5 3 young ready to fledge at nest at southeast end of lake.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 8
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 25
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 1
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 1.
cakifornbia ground squirrel in the pioneer cemetery at Em Lake.


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