Posted by: atowhee | May 2, 2014

MAY DAY BIRDING

Marjorie Palmer of Port Angles and I sent the day looking for those Oregon birds she doesn’t get often up on the Olympic Peninsula. So we focused on woodpeckers, owls and more southerly species.
O0WL FACE The obligatory show of obeisance to the ruling Screech-Owl on Granite Street took place around 7AM. Then to North Mountain Park where songbirds were beginning to greet dawn:ev gros-pairIn addition to the small flock of Evening Grosbeak (see above), we found a curious Wrentit, Lesser Goldfinch, nesting Tree Swallows, an elusive Green Heron who immediately vanished from view and other expected birds.wrntit4
Wrentit in brush at North Mountain Park.
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Male Calliope Hummingbird on upper Tolman Creek Road. There were Nashville and Hermit Warblers plus Cassin’s Vireo feeing nearby. Western Tanagers were abundant.
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KLAMATH FAWN LILY

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Lewis’s Woodpecker in oaks near milepost 11 of Hwy 66. These birds will leave soon for breeding territories elsewhere. lewo prfect1TRSW FLUFF

TRSW LOOK

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White-headed Woodpecker near Howard Prairie.
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We saw both genders of Williamson’s Sapsucker…female stripe like miniature Flicker, the male is black and white with a golden belly. Not many woodpecker species have such gender differences in plumage.
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TRUE BLUE Mountain Bluebird male.

In addition to the morning’s Screech-Owl we later saw a Barn Owl and a Great Gray, but failed to find a Great Horned at a site where they’ve been fairly predictable this spring.

For details of our encounter with testosterone-compelled male Sooty grouse, click here.

BLOG BIRD FEST BOILERPLATE
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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