Posted by: atowhee | July 10, 2014


The breeding season is nearly over for most of our local species. It is the season of early migration and dispersal. That was clear at Emigrant Lake today. A female merganser with her half-grown ducklings. Visiting species who don’t breed at the lake: Caspian Terns and Ring-billed Gulls, including first-year birds. Shorebirds on migration: Lesser Yellowlegs and WesternLeast Sandpipers.

BALD1Bald Eagle.

Action on the beach. Great Blue Heron and young Ring-billed Gull in the air. Caspian Terns loafing. Mallards dabbling as ever.
This strolling Turkey Vulture had been getting a drink while the heron looked on, perhaps wondering if the vulture would leave behind some odour that would drive off any edibles.
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COME-C (1280x960)Common Merganser female with ducklings. There were eight of those altogether.P2070154 (1280x960)

GREEN UPGreen Heron in the air

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Trio of young Osprey on platform, soon to fledge it appears. When parental Osprey are unhappy with the youngsters, do they mutter, “Don’t be an Osprat?”

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Western Least Sandpiper, one of dozens at the south end near Quarry Road trails.
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Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 10, 2014 11:15 AM – 12:35 PM. 27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 44
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 70
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 9
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 4
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 3
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)Least Sandpiper 60
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 4
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 4
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 25

Pennyroyal, a weed from the Old World, is now blooming in scattered clumps and clusters on the dried portion of the lake bed. Stepping through it you release a pungent mentholated aroma, the smell of a hot summer day. Out language is certainly stuck with an impoverished vocabulary for describing scents, as opposed to colors.
One other plant in bloom: starthistle. It is showing its friendly yellow blooms on otherwise barren ground. Don’t believe. Once you’re in touch with it, the true prickliness of its personality is painfully evident.
I rarely notice turtles at Emigrant Lake. Today I saw two. Perhaps the water is so warm it reminds them of what their parents warned them about: stay our of the soup.
Nora will size 11 sneaker she dredged up from the bottom of the lake:P2070186 (1280x960)


  1. Has OSF asked you how to deal with screech owl and owlets living onstage at outdoor theater?

    • Those are Barn Owls (very pale) even though they screech and caterwaul, they will do fine there, plenty of mice and rats and such for them to eat asnd they are comfortable around humans…obviously…only way to keep them out would be to plug their nest hole after the young have fledged

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