Posted by: atowhee | August 10, 2013


One large White Pelican among the plebians, those everywhere, every-pond Canadians.

Reflect on this, even the yellow eye can be seen in the still water of Emigrant Lake.GBH REFLX
Today I led a field trip to Emigrant Lake, sponsored by Rogue Valley Audubon.
The weather was better than past days. Less smoke, as there’d been splatters of rain overnight. Light breeze and a temp below 75.
Birds that are already on the move or forming pre-migration flocks: Cooper’s Hawk, various swallows, Vaux’s Swifts, shorebirds, Cedar waxwings, flycatchers.
There were a couple dozen or so Vaux’s Swifts over the Pioneer Cemetery.
The flocking swallows were mostly Barn or Violet-green by persuasion.
The Cooper’s Hawk was circling high over the south end of the lake as if it intended to climb up into the Siskiyous and head south across the Pass.
The flycatchers appeared where none have been for many weeks, Willow and Wood-Pewee. This could simply be dispersal from breeding territories.
There were about forty Cedar Waxwings in a flock near the Pioneer Cemetery, first I’ve seen in Jackson County since last spring. At almost the same time of day my wife was at the Ashland Dog Park with our boss and there was a flock there as well.

All the shorebirds will migrate except for some of the Killdeer. The Great Egret and Western Grebes are post-breeding residents here and the White Pelican will leave long before the first serious frost.
KITE GALLERYKIT-TREE1KIRE CORNRKITE LKS This kite will not migrate but the Osprey will, needing warmer clime where the lakes never freeze.

At one point the Osprey were circling in a trio. The breeding pair at Emigrant Lake raised three young this year. So this was some mixture of Osprey family members OSP LK DOWN (1280x1280)


Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 10, 2013 8:20 AM. 54 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 80
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 13
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) 3
Wild Turkeys >10
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 8
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 16
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 2LYELL1 (1280x1280)
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 20
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 25
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1ACWO SIDE (1280x1280)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 2
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 6
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 35
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 60
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2OTIT SHAPE2

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 40
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 2
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2

Common as dirt but still fun to watch:
GEESE ASLOFT1GEESE ASLOFT1 Canada Geese in the air.


  1. Cedar waxwings – to die for!! Sexy, sexy birds. Cooper’s hawks – go, go over the pass and leave my quail alone! m a

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