Posted by: atowhee | December 13, 2012


The official Medford Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, so we’re in count week. I spent a couple hours this morning checking on part of the area my team will be counting okn Saturday…when rain is expected. Today the weather was fine, birds were active and visible. Some good finds: Say’s Phoebe along Cherry Lane, 5 species of duck in small farm pond on Coal Mine Road, several kestrels, a Harrier, anbd a Tricolored Blackbird male in with flock of Red-winged Blackbirds on Coal Mine Road.
WCSP RIGHT VU (1280x960)

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Here we have a White-crowned Sparrow picking up a little fast food.

WCSP SNACK (1280x960)

WCSP WITH  BERRY (1280x960)


IMAGES BELOW: Flight of Canada Geese honking overhead as they look for greener pastures. Four ducks in pond on Coal Mine Road, 2 Hooded Mergansers and pair of Ring-necked Ducks. House Finches in bare bush. Say’s Phoebe on the ground.

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MEDFORD CBC AREA D, Jackson, US-OR. Dec 13, 2012 10:00 AM. 35 species in two hours.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 60
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 24
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 5
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 5
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 40
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 6
Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 14
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 45
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 30
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 11
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 25
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 75
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 60
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 28
Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) 1 Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 7
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 16
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 35

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