Posted by: atowhee | August 13, 2013


ROSEBUD LANE Rosebud Lane (the Old Highway 99) disappears beneath the wavelets, but more and more is exposed daily as the reservoir is lowered.
Turkey Vulture rising above it all. TV IN BLU1This morning Dick Ashford birded the eastern shore of Emigrant Lake’s western arm: “I spent a pleasant 90 minutes at Emigrant this AM. In order to have the sun behind me, I drove to the end of Old Greensprings Hwy, parked at the boat ramp, and hiked south along the shore. Birds seen: American White Pelican, three Ospreys, five California Gulls, one Herring Gull, one Caspian Tern, 40-50 Least Sandpipers, three Western Sandpipers, two Spotted Sandpipers (one had spots!), Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, three Wilson’s Snipe (two were quite orangey-buffy), many Killdeer, two Green Herons (1 adult, 1 imm), three Great Blue Herons, one Green-winged Teal, one Wood Duck, a few Mallards, and two young Western Kingbirds. Lots of swallows, which appeared to be Barn Swallows.

Highlight of my morning was a visit from an immature Prairie Falcon who gave me a VERY close flyby (close enough that I could see the blue-gray orbital ring and cere with my naked eye – I actually let out a yell!). The falcon announced its arrival with a strafing run on (me and) the peeps, then made several passes at the now-flying gulls, one more dive at one of the Green Herons and then was aggressively escorted from the area by the Caspian Tern. As it flew south, the falcon decided to harass one of the Turkey Vultures; that lasted for just a few seconds before a Red-shouldered Hawk counted coup on the falcon (!), who then departed for points south. Pretty nice. One of those birding experiences that one feels as well as sees… Cheers, Dick”
Here’s my list from late yesterday, accompanied by large and active swimming dog:
Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 12, 2013 4:30 PM. 25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 210
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 15
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 120
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2

Spotted Sandpiper still bearing spots.SANDPIPERS3The larger, grayer peeps are Western Sandpipers while the smaller, browner one is a Least which actually outnumbers thre Westerns at Emigrant lake right now.

SANDPIPERS X4 Here are more of the Least, a very tame Least Sandpiper: MORE LEAST3



Red-tail riding the thermals.

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