Posted by: atowhee | June 15, 2013

MOUNTAIN BIRDING–DAY 1

Today was the first field trip for the Ashland Park ‘n Rec “Mountain Birding” class that I am leading. Today it was up Dead Indian Memorial Road into the Cascades. We met at North Mountain Park to carpool. We saw several birds that are not often, or ever, found in the nearby Siskiyou Mountains. The latter are eons older than the relatively fresh, volcanic, marshier Cascades. The Siskiyous are more densely forested and the meadows are heavily covered with brush. The Cascades have many grassy, damp meadows, ideal for Great Gray Owl, a bird we did NOT see mid-day. Our count today was about fifty species.CRANE ALERT1 (1280x1280)

CRANE BUSTLE (1280x1280)

CRANE STEP (1280x1280)

CRANE STEP2 (1280x1280) Sandhill Cranes nest in the Cascades. Today we saw four adults, no juveniles, on Howard Prairie. We’ll see none tomorrow. Below is series of pictures taken at or near the Williamson’s Sapsucker nest first found and photographed by Peter Thiemann (male has white wing stripe, female is striped all over except her face): FEMALE ARRIVE

FEMALE BAILS

FEML APPROACH

FEML AT HOLE

FEML FACE

FEML FLITE

FEML HEDS OUT

FEML LOOKS OUT

FEML--FOOD

FEML-TAIL OUT

FEML-TAIL OUT2

FML BACK

WILL-FML-CU

WILL-FML-NR HOLE

WILL-MALE ON TRNK

WILL-MALE2

WILL-ML LOOKS-UP The Williamson’s Sapsucker is not known to breed in the Siskiyous. Its cousin, the Red-breasted Sapsucker, does.
FOR FURTHER WILLIAMSON’S PICS–THESE BY PETER THIEMANN, CLICK ON THIS LINK.
Here are two more species less likely over the Siskiyous where there is little or no standing water: Bald Eagle and Double-crested Cormorant. The latter nest on Hyatt Lake at 5000′ in Cascades.
BEAG OVR

BEAG-HP1

BEAG--HP2

CORM NEST1

CORM NEST2
North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 7:20 AM. 5 species

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 7:45 AM. 20 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) 1—female at Ice House Pond
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) X
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) X
Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) X
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X
Howard Prairie Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 9:00 AM. 24 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 250
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 12
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 45
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 5
Williamson’s Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) 3 nest with at least one nestling inside
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 1
Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) X
Hyatt Reservoir, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 11:15 AM. 8 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 50
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 30
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 1
Greensprings Inn, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 12:25 PM. 5 species

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) X
Little Hyatt Reservoir, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 15, 2013 1:50 PM. 10 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 40
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6


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