Posted by: atowhee | July 24, 2013

OSPREY UPDATE

The three young Osprey raised at Emigrant Lake this year are ready to fly. The nest site is on a pole at the southeast corner of Emigrant Lake, where Old Green Spring Highway parallels Emigrant Creek just where it flows into the lake. Here we see one of the young flying-in-place, wing exercises that will lead to the first flights. One of the three was already out and on a cross-bar below the nest.OSPRY-TRIO1 (1280x1280)

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UPSTREAM

Up along Emigrant Creek I found two Dippers near Bridge #48, maybe a mile up Buckhorn Springs Road from Hwy 66. Certainly the stubby-tailed one on the brightly-lit stick is a fledgling. The other was also pretty inert and may be a newly fledged bird as well.

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dipper1WATER BEETLS (1280x1280) water beetles speeding about like little jet boats.

The most surprising sighting along Buckhorn Springs Road was a gathering of over 2 dozen Violet-green Swallows on wires over a pasture.
Seems early to be flocking like that but perhaps the food supply was the draw. It was an irrigated field surrounded by parch scrubland on the hillsides.
Buckhorn Springs Rd., Jackson, US-OR
Jul 24, 2013 11:00 AM. 13 species.

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 25
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) 2 at Bridge 48 over Emigrant Creek
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10


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