Posted by: atowhee | February 1, 2014

FEB. 1 IN KLAMATH BASIN AND BUTTE VALLEY

Our Rogue Valley Audubon field trip today spent less than 7 hours on the east side of the cascades but we saw over 50 species and had many great moments of bird-watching. A Bald Eagle eating an early lunch on a utility pole crossbar along busy US 97…the dark morph Ferruginous Hawk near Fugate Road and a pair of sleeping Great Horned Owls in a single tree nearby…some Tricoloreds among the thousands of blackbirds next to Township Road…a Merlin atop a juniper on Cedar Point above East Butte Valley Road…a Northern Shrike along the Dorris-Technor Connector…several Barrow’s Goldeneyes on the Link River…pronghorn along Shady Dell Road…Townsend’s Solitaires and Robins crowding around a horse water tank along East Butte Valley Road.

There were many great views, here are three of my favorites (more to come tomorrow):FERRUGY-DRK-X
Dark morph Ferrugy in perfect morning light.
GEAG ALOFT-A
Golden Eagle soaring over Shady Dell Road, Siskiyou County.
PRONG TRIO (1280x780) Three pronghorn viewing strange, slow-moving bipeds.

Clover Creek Road, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 9:20 AM. 3 species

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Klamath County–Hwy 66, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 9:45 AM. 8 species

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 4
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 3
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 40

Veterans Park–Klamath Falls, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 10:00 AM. 22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 75
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 50
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 10
Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) 8
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 4
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 20
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 50
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 300
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 60
California Gull (Larus californicus) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2 first year birds
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
Klamath Basin-Hwy 97, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 10:45 AM. 12 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 120
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 50
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 200
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 100
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 8
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6
American Coot (Fulica americana) 5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 20
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 50

Township Rd., Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 11:00 AM. 16 species

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 60
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 50
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 8
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2000
Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 100

Lower Klamath Lake Rd. and Fugate Rd. area, Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 12:30 AM. 10 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 40
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 150
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) 1
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 20

Stateline Rd. (OR side), Klamath, US-OR
Feb 1, 2014 1:00 PM. 5 species

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 6
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 1
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) X

Stateline Rd. (CA side), Siskiyou, US-CA
Feb 1, 2014 1:30 PM. 8 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) X
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 12
American Coot (Fulica americana) 1

East Butte Valley Road, Siskiyou, US-CA
Feb 1, 2014 2:00 PM. 10 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 4
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 8
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 200
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 50
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 40
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 20
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 30

Shady Dell Rd., Siskiyou, US-CA
Feb 1, 2014 2:45 PM. 7 species

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 2
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 10
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 30

Dorris Technor Roads, Siskiyou, US-CA
Feb 1, 2014 3:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
2 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) 1


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