Posted by: atowhee | March 29, 2014

BIRDING ASHLAND IN EARLY SPRING

Two owls and some bright spring plumage made for an interesting morning of birding. I had a small group of clients from along the Pacific Coast and we bracketed our birding with owl sightings:
P1920151 (1280x960) Screech-Owl in Lithia Park.
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This is the male Great Horned Owl on sentinel duty, nearly hidden by the new leaves of the cottonwood. He was spotted by one of the visiting birders.
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GHO-NESTING1 (1280x960)Look closely at the top of the nest just to the left of the brooding female. There’s the pale face and dark eye rings of one of the owlets. It is too soon to know how many owlets are in this brood.

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acwo granery Acorn Woodpecker on granary pole not far from the Great Horned Owl Nest. And then fifty yards away was this Red-tails’ nest. We saw one hawk pulling limbs off an oak to add to this tree-top cottonwood along Wright Creek.

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Mud turtle on small pond at North Mountain Park.
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COMMON, EVERYDAY BEAUTY
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Lithia Park, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 29, 2014 9:45 AM. 6 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 29, 2014 10:15 AM. 25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 7
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 9 fly over
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 6
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 heard only
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 6
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 heard only
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 14
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 29, 2014 11:00 AM. 22 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2 feeding young; one carried fecal sac from nest hole
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 10
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3

Dead Indian Mem. Road, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 29, 2014 12:30 PM. 6 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 seen carrying oak limb to nest site in tall cottonwood along Wright Creek
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 3 one owlet visible in nest with female; male roosting nearby
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2 working on granery in utility pole
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

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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