Posted by: atowhee | December 28, 2012


P1390312 (1280x960) Isn’t this the prettiest air pollution you’ve ever seen? Contrail over Emigrant Lake.
PETERSON VU (1280x960) View from north end of the lake.
Most interesting bird of the day for our team: Lewis’s Woodpeckers. These colorful, active birds were moving about in the oaks at several points.LEWIS LRG

LEWIS PICKS (1280x960)

LEWSI FLTTR1 (1280x960) The Lewis’s Woodpecker is a bird of the arid west and portions of the Pacific Coast. The species doesn’t migrate but it does move around in fall. Nomadic and unpredictable, sometimes indidivuals show up in the eastern U.S. more than a thouksnad miles from nearest nesting territories. Here in Jackson County the Lewis’s is a wintering bird but it breeds along the Klamath River less than forty miles away. Some years the Lewis is abundant in Jackson County but last year it was not. This year we have a huge acorn crop so perhaps that is why there are so many Lewis’s Woodpeckers about.
Birds of North America Online indicates this species is in population decline due to habitat loss and competition from Starlings. It is an intriguing woodpecker, gregarious but not colonial like its cogenere, Acorn Woodpecker. It warm weather it is an expert insect hawker. In winter it will eat acorns. This winter we have plenty of those.
ASHLAND CBC–AREA 8, Jackson, US-OR. Dec 27, 2012 7:00 AM. 63 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 180
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 24
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 3
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 42
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 125
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 4
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 40
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 1
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 16
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 25
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 7
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 8
American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
California Gull (Larus californicus) 1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 38
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 2
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 9
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 6
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 6
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 26
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 60
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 15
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 13
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 8
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 11
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 80
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 827
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 46
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 26
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 43
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 5
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 35
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 200
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 549
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 77
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 9
Cassin’s Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 46
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 67



  1. Cool ! Will post this to my FB page called “The Oregon Pick.”

  2. […] The Ashland Count species total was 118, up from 112, last year and 107 in 2010, our inaugural year of modern-day counts here. CLICK HERE FOR CHECKLIST OF BIRDS WE SAW IN OUR AREA AROUDN EMIGRANT LAKE, AND SOME LEWIS’S WO… […]

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