Posted by: atowhee | March 27, 2013


This is the time of spring when there can be cold rain for awhile and then minutes later warm sunshine. The dog and I took a walk around Ashland Pond this morning. Neither of us was wearing a coat. Other sure signs of spring included the blooming feral plums and the singing Purple Finches. Their sweet, short songs came from atop willow and oak along Ashland Creek.IMG_4523 (1280x960)

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The dandelion has begun its annual rampant reproduction which will not cease until the hard freezes of the distant autumn.
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white-thrtd sparo This male White-throated Sparrow was singing at Ashland Pond this morning. It is the fourth straight winter at least one male has wintered there successfully. Last sporing two males were in singing competition during April. is there such thing as an annual vagrant? if so this species qualities here in Ashland.

In our garden the Juncos have begun their one-pitch trills. An Anna’s hummingbird comes by to check our flowers, leaves disappointed.
And down on the pond the wind riffles the feathery medallions on the chest of a Great Blue Heron.
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rnduxs Male and female Ring-necked Ducks under full power.rndu asleep (1280x855) A male ducks life in spring can be wearying. All that preening and performing, and for what?
Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR. Mar 27, 2013 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM. 23 species

American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 25
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1 SINGING
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 12 SINGING
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
243 Granite Street, Ashland, Jackson, US-OR. Mar 27, 2013 7:00 AM. 18 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 FLY OVER
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1 FIRST ONE HEARD CALLING THIS SPRING
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 CALLING
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2downy flite (1280x960)
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Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1, Anna’s Hummingbird male
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 10
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 12
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1

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