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Posted by: atowhee | October 3, 2013

A PERFECT MORNING FOR A BIRD WALK

Lynn Newbry—Oct. 3, 2013
It was perfect fall morning. Damp leaves on the ground, bright sun in the sky. That was a deep blue, the leaves all starting to get into the fall fashion show wherein colors are brown and red and orange and yellow. There was no wind but the air was crisp and fresh-tasting anyway.
And the small insectivorous birds were all feeding on the sunlit side of the trees along Bear Creek: ash, cottonwood and alder. The undergrowth was dense willows and denser blackberry thickets.
The most numerous bird in the little gleaner flock I found was the Black-throated Gray Warbler.
Two mildly surprising birds: one Brown Creeper, not common along Bear Creek…and a Steller’s Jay. I suspect that was a young bird, found here during the usual fall dispersal. This is not the Steller’s habitual habitat. No evergreens, too many Scrub-Jays.btg facing Black-throated Gray Warbler.

BTG IN BERRY (1280x1280)

BTG SHARP FACE (1280x1280)

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c-wood leaf cottonwood leaf fallen in fall

lbd in surf One of several migrants at Emigrant Lake yesterday along with lone Barn Swallow, Western Sandpiper and newly arrived Shoveler. Diving ducks have not begun to show up in serious numbers yet. I want my Bufflehead, please!

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P1730485 (1280x1280) American Wigeons at Newbry Park. Shovelers, Coots and Gadwall also present along with Waxwings in the willows. Those species may be around all winter.

We are between Robins right now. Our breeding Robins have headed south and the wintering population has yet to show itself, perhaps delayed by some heavy fruit crop further north along their migration route.

Bear Creek Greenway–Lynn Newbry Park, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 3, 2013 11:45 AM. 21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 8
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 55
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 40
American Coot (Fulica americana) 14
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1, Black Phoebe 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 8
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 3YEWA GRN3
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 9
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1

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