Posted by: atowhee | August 17, 2013


The dog and I checked out her favorite swimming hole this morning. Nothing unsual did we see. Peter and Linda Kreisman showed me pictures they’d taken of Great-tailed Grackles in the recreating area. I could not relocated the birds. We should assume that small numbers of that species have successfully invaded southern Oregon and are nesting here now.
P1680938 (1280x1280)California ground squirrel.
SCJA YNGYoung Scrub-Jay looking about. Jays and their cousins consider it their job to watch everything that goes on and supply loud commentary when called for…in the jays’ opinion. Your opinion does not count.

Below: a trio of Scrub-Jays looking about.SCJAYS X 3 (1280x1280)
LYEL PLUS LESATwo Lesser Yellowlegs feed while a flock of Least Sandpipers fly past.

LYEL X2Yellowlegs.
COME IN WTRCommon Mergansers in water. Part of the small flotilla of Common Mergansers.

DCCORM DRY Double-crested Cormorant drying its wings. Getting waterlogged is an adaptive advantage for the cormorant. It allows the bird to get water-logged and thus dive deeper to reach fish more buoyant birds can’t get to. So the cormorant can get deeper than loons, grebes, diving ducks, Brown Pelican and other diving fish eaters.

GBH IN TREE Great Blue Heron, up a tree.
Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR. Aug 17, 2013 9:00 AM. 25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 60
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 40
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 13
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 4
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 18
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
California Gull (Larus californicus) 3
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 6
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 150
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 30
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4






I cannot resist once again sharing one of my favorite Edward Abbey quotes: “Let us praise the noble turkey vulture: No one envies him; he harms nobody; and he contemplates our little world from a most serene and noble height.”
Abbey famously asked that his remains he left for the Turkey Vultures to clean up. Where his body actually was taken is a carefully guarded secret.
Wikipedia claims Ed really was buried, in his sleeping bag as requested in some remote corner of the Arizona desert he loved so well.

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