Posted by: atowhee | March 28, 2014

SEEING RED

One male Red-breasted Sapsucker has been both visible and audible around our house lately. He has two utility poles where he likes to drum. When he really gets excited he’ll give his high-pitched warbles in a short sequence. He will be nesting nearby with his mate, somewhere around the tennis courts and upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park. She’s been admiring his drumming and musical abilities from nearby perches in trees.RBS29-1

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To see the drummer check the utility poles in the morning near 243 and 229 Granite Street, Ashland. The suspected nest tree is somewhere inside the park just across the street.
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Varied Thrush in our garden. We’ve had only this single bird this year as Varied Thrush have not been abundant in the area this winter/spring.
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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 & 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 GROSBEAK AND NORTHERN GOSHAWK.


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