Posted by: atowhee | March 8, 2014

GREEN IS THE VALLEY

Rain and warm weather = chlorophyll phestival. Sparrows on the ground, finches in the trees, warblers in the pond-side willows, and soring songs in the air…at Ashland Pond.
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Some Flickers wqere calling, including this female. Another was feeding on the ground and I caught just at take-off:
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
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WILO CATKNSThis was the reason for the yellow-breasted Chickadees I kept seeing. They’d been wallowing in the willow pollen.
Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 8, 2014 11:45 AM. 29 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 3
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 6
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 5
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 40
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 16
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 10
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 25
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3
HERE IN ASHLAND, OREGON, THE KLAMATH BIRD OBSERVATORY IS SPONSORING OUR FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN BIRD FESTIVAL. IT IS MAY 30-JUNE 1. WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, SANDHILL CRANES ON NESTING GROUNDS, BOTH EAGLES, NESTING OSPREY, ACORN and LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND CHICKADEE, HERMIT AND MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, CASSIN’S FINCH AND VIREO, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, BLACK TERN, RED-BREASTED AND WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, LAZULI BUNTING, AMERICAN DIPPER, WRENTIT, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE–SOME OF THE BIRDS WE EXPECT TO SEE. WITH A LITTLE BIRDING MOJO WE CAN ADD GREAT GRAY OWL, SOOTY GROUSE, MOUNTAIN QUAIL, NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, SWAINSON’S HAWK, EVENING GROSBEAKAND NORTHERN GOSHAWK.


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