Posted by: atowhee | April 13, 2013


Our Klamath Bird Observatory field trip to Agate Lake east of Medford was nothng short of Os-piring. At least six different Osprey, probably three nesting pairs were in the area.
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Another migrant bird that seemed happy to be back “home” was the Lark Sparrow. At least three different birds were singing from low perches. And the swallows were abundant: Tree, V-G and Cliff. Most were feeding over the lake where midge concentrations must have been greatest. I spotted a single Vaux’s Swift in the melange but couldn’t relocate it.
A number of Lewis’s Woodpeckers remain around the lake in the oaks.P1530867 (1280x960)
The Oak Titmouse were singing as well as the many meadowlarks. P1530873 (1280x960) Did not see or hear a Chipping Sparrow.

On our way to Agate Lake we found no Kites near Lincoln School but there were a few Tricolored Blackbirds among the icterids at the Jackson Sports Park along Hwy 140. Here’s one near the backstop.TRIC N TURF (1280x960)

LINCOLN [ELEMENTARY] SCHOOL-MEDFORD, Jackson, US-OR. Apr 13, 2013 8:20 AM. 5 species

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 4
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 4
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1.
Agate Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Apr 13, 2013 9:00 AM. 38 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 15
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 15
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 10
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 12
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 6
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 15
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 40
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 1
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 10
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2000
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 300
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 200
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 8
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 15
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 15
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 25
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1


  1. Ashland Pond this afternoon

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