Posted by: atowhee | January 29, 2013


The Spotted Owl about which I have posted both text and pictures: not to be seen today. Perhaps the young owl has cleaned out the neighborhood rodents and moved on. Hope the owl’s found another happy hunting ground.
I had a solid report of the otters back in Ashland Pond this morning. I missed them.
SOME RECENT PHOTOS This terrible shot shows the pale dot in the center that was the Northern Shrike at Agate Lake. Another was reported today from Roxy Ann Butte.
ap-vath Varied Thrush in trees at Ashland Pond.gad-2 (1280x960) Male Gadwall.

home-x-2 (1280x960) Two fenale Hooded Mergansers, a duck that was not on Ashand Pond today.

king callsBleted Kingfisher rattling at my presence before he fvlew even further away.

lew-WO1 Lewis’s Woodpeckers at Agate Lake.


spot-on1These are perhaps my last pictures of the Spotted Owl who brightened a summer’s day every time I saw him.



Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR. Jan 29, 2013 2:30 PM. 31 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 8
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 15
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 3
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 7
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 3


  1. Why is the water level at Ashland Pond so low? Looks like the inflow is blocked.

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