Posted by: atowhee | August 8, 2013


I didn’t find anything unusual at Emigrant Lake this afternoon. Did not relocate the Semipalm. Plover seen in the morning, nor the Solitary Sandpiper seen earlier in the week. Also saw no grebes of any kind but I didn’t go to the north end of the reservoir.
Herring Gulls and White Pelicans continue, and plenty of shorebirds for our Rogue Valley Audubon Field trip this coming Saturday. We meet at 8AM at ShopnKart. Weather forecast: smoke.FOOTPRINTS (1280x1280)

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Western Sandpipers even more abundant right now than Killdeer.
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WESA CU3 (1280x1123)

wesa in flit (1280x745) Here we have Spotted Sandpiper on left, Western on right: P1670993 (1280x1280)

Quail male on his sentinel perch on east side of the reservoir:

CAQU MALE (1280x1086)
Anthemus cotula, above. Globe gilia narrowleaf milkweed below. This plant attracts and nourishes monarch butterfly larvae. Both plants were growing on sun-dried soil near lake shore.
Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 8, 2013 4:10 PM. 29 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 25
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 75
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 11
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 16
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 3 regular fall bird at Emigrant Lake
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 6
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 30
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 12
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 200
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

I was out at Emigrant this morning via Rosebud Lane so didn’t see Forrest’s post about an Eared Grebe (i dipped on it) . I added one new species of stick bird to my county list : STICK-NECKED PHALAROPE.
I did find one BANK SWALLOW looking for a consonant swap with a large flock of

BARN SWALLOWS. And one SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. I thought I may have seen a Solitary Sandpiper across the water but the hazy conditions prevented any conclusion. didn’t have time to look from the Greensprings Spur side . There were ducks out there but i avoided any attempts at id. so left them off my list.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 8, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM. 37 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 15
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 8
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 3
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 4
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 21
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
California Gull (Larus californicus) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 18
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 5
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 105
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 3
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2


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  2. Nice shot of the quail on a stick.

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