Posted by: atowhee | September 9, 2013


I saw my first Coot of the season today, but, that’s OK, I also saw my first Pintail. Evens out in the end. pntl1




Here are two of the Western Sandpipers working the shallows and the sticky mudflats at the end of Rosebud Lane.

CASP ON BCH Caspian Tern at rest.

CATO MOLT Molting California Towhee

FENC LZRDFence lizard

LASP-BSTMy best shot of one of the Lark Sparrows. I also saw my first White-crowned Sparrows of the season.

P1720088 This shows on the of the several small streams still bringing water to the reservoir but the inflow cannot keep up with the irrigation draw down and the evaporation. The lake is a mere fraction of what it is when full.

This time year it’s worth noting what I did NOT see: swallows not present, no Osprey as they must have left the lake for the year, none of the yellowlegs that were here some days ago, no Robins. I think our breeding Robins have headed south and the wintering replacements from further north have not settled in yet. We appear to be Robinless for the most part. Yet there are plenty of blackberries and elderberries to be had.

Emigrant Creek Road, Jackson, US-OR. Sep 9, 2013 4:00 PM. 24 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 176
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 70
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4, American Coot 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 7
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 45
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 30
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 both at quarry pool
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 6
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 180
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) 10
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 6 first of the season
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 30
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10

UNHAPPY ENDING This feathered corpse was lying on a rock. The body was quickly being recycled by hungry hornets. The beak looks to me like it was once a Red-necked Phalarope, perhaps the lone bird spotted at Em Lake earlier this week. The bird may have died of starvation and migratory stress. With all the shorebirds and ducks about there is no indication of disease even though I know botulism is sweeping through the ducks in the Klamath Basin right now. CORPSE

However, there have been Vultures on the beach lately and I’ve assumed they were hanging around resting, waiting for the right uplift to get over the Siskiyou Pass. I haven’t noticed others corpses, say from geese or ducks. If there were disease I’d expect lots of dead Canada Geese as they are so numerous.big birds

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