Posted by: atowhee | April 6, 2013


Today was the First Satuday field trip for Klamath Bird Observatory. Despite the drizzle we went up Tolman Creek Road to see if the first Calliopes had returned. Instead we found a Rufous Hummingbird. Then we spent the rest of morning at Emigrant Lake.

The highlight was the Osprey Display. One adult carried a stick to usual nest platform at southeast corner of Em Lake. Then there was an aerial battle with a young Golden Eagle, followed quickly by mating. Twice the same Osprey swooped down onto the circling GEagle, an immature bird. Each time the eagle did a full roll in the air, timing it so that his talons were pointed up at the Osprey during its nearest approach. Needless to say the Osprey did not risk contact or being clutched by the eagle’s deadly talons.
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War as an aphrodisiac, a long-recognized phenomenon in animals of all sorts. This conflict was followed by Osprey consummation. The eagle simply soared a bit further from the lake, unperturbed we gather. After the copulation the Osprey pair went up into a dead snag nearby. My British daughter-in-law would say, “Shag and snag.” OSPR.SNAG
Other springly sightings: several Northern Rough-winged Swallows plus the Tree and V-G. Four Eared Grebe on lake, all in breeding plumage. Great Blue Heron near the nests along Hwy 66, facing Oak Knoll Gold Course. Red-tailed Hawk with young in nest in ponderosa uphill from the Hwy 66 bridge over Emigrant Creek. It has nice view down on the Osprey nest platform. Yellow-rumped Warblers were abundant in oaks around the waterslide. Western Bluebirds were all in pairs, not the wintering flocks. Lewis’s Woodpeckers still present around waterslide as well.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Apr 6, 2013 8:45 AM. 47 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 10
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 6 quail hightail
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 4 in breeding plumage, on migration
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 15
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) X several sightings: one migrant or multiple birds at different times?
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1BEAGL IN MORN
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 12
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 8
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 6
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 15
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 15
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 50
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2– a pair feeding together
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 6–three pairs
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 150
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 30
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 45
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2
Western Bluebirds: b lue male-1

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  1. Harry, thanks for a terrific day! I loved every minute of it. I was so glad my stomach whatever stayed quiescent. (I rewarded it with Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and crackers.) Go glad you got me back into watching the osprey nest. It will be fun seeing it rebuilt, chicks arriving, falling all over trying to fledge all the while mom and dad remain faithful and exhausted. They will pay for their “shag and snag”!

    marie annette

  2. Ditto Marie Annette; thanks so much for a wonderful morning. And also for telling me about your blog, to which I shall be a regular visitor henceforth. Reading your report of our trip was great–reminded me of things I had already forgotten.
    –Linda Z.

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