Posted by: atowhee | June 4, 2013

AN UPHILL CLIMB

I went birding this morning with a client from Vancouver, B.C. His target birds were mountain species. We began at the lower end of Tolman Creek Road (about 2000′) and drove as far as we could until we encountered a closed gate around 5000′.
And we got his targets: Hermit Warbler and Hammond’s Flycatcher. He also got very good looks at Nashville Warbler, a bird he’d seen only in migration.
HERMIT-A (1277x1229) Hermit Warbler hiding in a ponderosa, as it does so well.
nashville music (1275x1280)Nashville naturally brings to mind music of a certain kind. Well, this Nashville is very certain about his own singing, which went on and on from various trees overhead. nashville looks (1280x1080)

Tolman Creek Rd., Jackson, US-OR. Jun 4, 2013 7:15 AM. 24 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 15
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) X heard only
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) 2
Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) 1
Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 1 heard only
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 10
Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) 3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 8
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 4
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1 singing, not seen
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 1


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