Posted by: atowhee | August 15, 2013


Juvenile birds, heavy smoke from forest fires, migrating hawks.
The most numerous bird today on Mt. Ashland: juvenile Juncos. Dick Ashford and I were really hoping for some grouse. We had to settle for two Mountain Quail, about 11 miles up Mt. Ashland Road from Old Hwy 99.
Where Mt. Ashland Road begins at 99: 00 miles.
.8 MI– Lone Flicker flies across the road. About 805AM.
1.3 MI–Colestin Road: several Juncos, Blackp-headed Grosbeak, Townsend’s Solitaire; elderberries with heavy berry clusters.
2.0 MI–Townsend’s Warbler, Western Tanager. Heard Golden-crowned Kinglets and Mountain Chickadee.
3.0 MI–Wilson’s Warbler low in the brush on a steep slope. More Juncos. WIWA-BSH2 (1280x1280)WIWA BHS5 (1280x1280)

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4.4MI–American Robins, including speckled young, Band-tailed Pigeon flyover.
7 MI–Bull Gap: Red-breasted Nuthatch heard. Not yet 930AM, smoke getting thicker, despite some breeze.
8.0 MI–Yellow-rumped Warblers, Flicker flock on ground, still more Juncos, Ravens, Steller’s Jays.
8.2 MI– More Juncos, Steller’s Jay, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Flicker.
9.0 MI — east edge of ski lodge parking lot: heavy wind and smoke to match, Rogue invisible to the north somewhere beneath the haze and soot.
Western Bluebirds, Chipping Sparrow, still more Juncos.
9.7 MI–campground parking lot. From here we walk, ele. about 6500 feet. Smoke all around, modest visibility toward California.
Chipping Sparrows, would you believe Juncos?, Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Warbling Vireo, Green-tailed Towhee,gtto1 (1280x1280)
Raven, several Red-tailed Hawks (only one a hatch-year bird) and some apparently heading south,rth atop
Turkey Vulture, Mountain Quail–2 run across the road, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, one flock of Bushtits, Mountain Chickadee, Hermit Warbler (juvenile), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskins, Lesser Goldfinch Rufous Hummingbird.
We were headed back into the heavier smoke by 11:15AM
Mt. Ashland, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 15, 2013 8:00 AM. 27 species

Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 8
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 3
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 8
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 5
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) 6mtn chkx-5

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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 15
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
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Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 5
Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) 1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) 2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 6
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 50
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 7
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 3P1680808 (1280x1280)I believe this tree is a grand fir. The critter is a Golden-mantled ground squirrel.sqrrl-gmg

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