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Posted by: atowhee | May 22, 2013

FOUR HUNDRED MILES FROM HOME

The birders with me today were more than four hundred miles from their home in the hills above Gilroy. So the different habitat and variety of birds gave them some first-time viewings. Calliope Hummingbird. Mountain Bluebird. Listening (only) to Mountain Quail. Nashville Warbler. And these birds were singing from the treetops.nawa face

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ANHU-SUNLIT

buor male (1280x1251) Young male Bullock’s Oriole along Dead Indian Mem Rd.

howrn song House Wren singing from dead tree along Howard Prairie dam Road.

toso sharp (1058x1280) Townsend’s Solitaire alogn the same road where we failed to find White-headed Woodpecker. But then a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch flew into the top of a Doug-fir so who cares that we missed the woodpecker?

vesp over sno One of several Vesper Sparrows seen on Howard Prairie, along with Mountain Bluebirds and a lone Sandhill Crane. And countless Canada Geese.

CLICK HERE FOR PICS–AT A GREAT DISTANCE–OF GREAT GRAY OWL WE SAW.
Altogether we saw over fifty species during the morning.
Our checklists: Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
May 22, 2013 7:30 AM. 27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 4
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 8
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) 2 Under Hwy 66 bridge over Emigrant Creek
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6
Tolman Creek Rd., Jackson, US-OR
May 22, 2013 8:25 AM. 14 species

Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 4
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 5

Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR
May 22, 2013 9:50 AM. 22 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10 including 8 ducklings in Ice House Lake
Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus) 2 heard only
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 2 nesting next to Ice House Lake
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 8
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 1
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 6
Bullock’s Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 12
Lesser Goldfinch

Howard Prairie Lake, Jackson, US-OR
May 22, 2013 10:45 AM. 21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 1
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 15
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 2
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 2
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 15
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 30
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) 1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 2

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