Posted by: atowhee | October 19, 2013


Loonacy. I refer not to the shenanigans in Washington D.C. or major league baseball’s steroid-loaded millionaire players or even to the whole legion of whigged-out young female celebrities for whom notoriety seems to be an end unto itself. I am referring to a quiet day of relaxed birding: positively loony. Common Loon, to be exact:COLO FAR2 (1280x1280) This loon was the highlight of our Ashland Park and Rec class trip but we had several other good finds and truly enjoyed watching a Red-breasted Sapsucker in good light. I didn’t get a picture like the ones from yesterday’s trip.

colo turn

COLO-FAR (1280x1280)

MUSKRAT MEAL Muskrat taking brunch on pond near North Mountain Park.

O-TIT (1280x1280)Oak Titmouse feeding beneath an oak at Emigrant Lake.wbnu on knot (1280x1280)White-breasted Nuthatch on exact North Mountain oak wherein this species often nests. One of the two nuthatches there went into the hole, came back out, looked around. They may be using this hole as a roost on cold nights.

pioneer cem (1280x1280) A quiet spot overlooking Emigrant Lake’s largely empty basin.

There were Cackling Geese among the many Canadas and a lone male Canvasback, not an expected bird here in Jackson County. Other birds that may be around all winter: Harrier, Lesser Scaup, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Golden-crowned Sparrow.

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 19, 2013 8:00 AM. 32 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 21
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 20
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 30
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 19, 2013 10:00 AM. 36 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) X
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 8
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 5
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3
American Coot (Fulica americana) 5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 6
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) X
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 20
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X

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