Posted by: atowhee | March 14, 2013

NATURE’S HAIKU

LILY (960x1280)Here is my first annual spring wildflower,again this year. Sufre there are tiny weeds with miniscule flowers in February but now this thumb-sized fawn lily is coloring the hillsides amid fresh grass leaves. Nature needs no words for this haiku.
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Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue at Emigrant Lake. P1520214 (916x1280)
The longer days and shorter nights are being utlized by plants and animals. Even our Screech-owl neighbors are tooting around the woods above our house. Daffodils are blooming, in proper succession after the crocus which are winding up their blossom season. Upper twigs on our garden willow sport fresh, soft new leaves. This week I saw a pair of Bushtits. That means these tiny gray couples will soon be weaving their delicate grass sacs on lower limbs of willows and cottonwoods all along Bear Creek. At Ashland Pond the bird song comes now from many voices: sweet warbles from Purple Finch, ringing calls from Red-winged Blackbird males, the drawn-out public address from a treetop Flicker. At 1950 Suncrest Road a pair of Red-tailed Hawks are tending nest at the top of sycamore. Band-tailed Pigeons have resumed their daily visits to our garden, parachuting their rotundities onto our platform feeders.
Green, vivid livery of each new spring, is shooting up and popping out all over. Emigrant Lake reservoir is filling as feeders treams rush down from the Cascades and Siskiyous.
ese creeks should flow unabated through May as ever-higher snow layers melt away. Moths and butterflies have appeared at warm moments since January, but now I;ve seen my first beetle of 2013. Not an inch long he was the dull gray of weathered wood. He clung motionless on a south-facing fence, soaking in the solar warmth.
hawo feml (1129x1280) Female Hairy Woodpecker on suet feeder.
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lscaup (1280x795) Male Lesser Scaup at Emigrant Lake, Coot nearby. Below, part of the resident flock of Common Mergansers.
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Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Mar 13, 2013 11:45 AM. 21 species.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) X
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) X
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X. Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 14, 2013 3:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 40
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 16
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 8
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 125
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 25


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