Posted by: atowhee | January 19, 2013


It was sunny and windless at the beach today. The temp climbed to over 50 degrees, not bad for mid-January. All the sunbathers were havoing a good time, from the tiny Green-winged Teal to the large White Pelicans Tundra Swans. Birding friends who live near the lake checked the birds with their scope: swans and not pelicans. Ducks are to be expected this this of year, not so the swans. WPEL X2-JAN19 (2) (1280x839)
B-E BAKLIT1 (1280x991) Adult Bald Eagle in air over Emigrant Lake and riviera.
B LUBRD IN SUN (1280x1216)

BLUBRD FRNT (1280x1042)

BLUBRD FRNT The light on the bluebirds was marvelous.

HOODIES-EM LAKE (1219x1280) It is unusual to see Hooded Merganser on this big, exposed lake. This pair flew in and labnded while I watched. They tend to be found on more protected waters.

L-W IN BUDS (1280x855)
Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue all around Jackson County.
L-W IN SUN (1280x997)

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Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jan 19, 2013 2:45 PM
Protocol: Incidental
31 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 120
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 35
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 25
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 30
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 8
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 3
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 45
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 15


  1. I’ve never seen a Lewis’s Woodpecker…..How cool!

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