Posted by: atowhee | March 24, 2013


Yesterday I led a group of birders to Irongate Dam and Reservoir. They were from my birding class at North Mountain Nature Center. There were OsprEy on a nest, first nest-related behavior I’ve seen this spring from the newly returned Osprey.P1530476 (1280x961)

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Several pairs of Canada Geese have requisitioned other nest platforms.CAGO PLTFRM GOOSE NESTR (1280x960)

Turkey Vultures copulating on a rocky cliff face with a world class view. Do they care?TV1 (1280x960)

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Here’s one TV soaking up the solar radiation:

Barrow’s Goldeneyes in the Klamath River below Irongate Dam. Two large coveys of California Quail in the town of Hornbrook. Good day all around. Weather: perfect.
One Violet-green Swallow, part of a small contingent diluting the bigger flock of Tree Swallows, chose to perch ona wire overheaqd to preen in bright sunlight.
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VG.5 And here are three of the Tree:TREE THREE
One of the several Lewis’s Woodpeckers we found on the trip:
Hornbrook, CA, Siskiyou, US-CA. Mar 23, 2013 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM. 3.0 mile(s).17 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica) 40 (2 coveys in town)
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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 5
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 60
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 8
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 50
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
Copco Road and Klamath River, Siskiyou, US-CA
Mar 23, 2013 9:25 AM – 12:25 PM. 14.0 mile(s). 24 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 30
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) 8
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 6
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 250
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 50
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 45
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 25
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 8
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 8
Iron Gate Fish Hatchery, Siskiyou, US-CA. Mar 23, 2013 10:15 AM. 21 species
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 3
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 6
California Quail (Callipepla californica) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 8
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 15
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 300
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 8
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1

Iron Gate Reservoir, Siskiyou, US-CA. Mar 23, 2013 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM. 5.0 mile(s). 21 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) X
California Quail (Callipepla californica) X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X

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