Posted by: atowhee | July 15, 2014

AGATE LAKE–MID-JULY

Shorebird migration is well under way. Counting resident Killdeer I had eight species in a one-hour visit under broiling sun today. I wanted to get into the water along with the geese and the dog.
caspian is elegant

DCORMS--GULLA Double-crested Cormorant drying his wings while swimming. Rung-billed Gull to the right.

gyel--lesa2 Greater Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers.

lbdow--3Long-billed Dowitchers.
Least Sandpiper below:

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One adult Osprey was hunting over the lake. A second, juvenile Opsrey, was perched on nest platform not far from lake.
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osp legs down

osp pulls up

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Here’s an email I got from Jeff Tufts who regularly birds Agate Lake because he lives much closer than I do:
“Harry– It’s been a good year for the Ospreys at Agate. One pair used the nest platform that’s been active the last few years—right next to Dry Creek Road and on your left as you head south for the parking area. Those youngsters (3 of them I think) are pretty well grown, and I think the parents are at the stage where they’re reluctant to let them continue free-loading.

There’s another platform being used that’s on East Antelope a short ways past the turnoff for Dry Creek Road. Not sure if those youngsters have ventured off the nest.

And a few days ago I saw an adult carrying a fish away from the lake but not in the direction of either of the above nest platforms. Could be a third active nest it was heading for, and maybe it was one of the parents looking for a quiet spot to eat without a begging youngster in attendance.

I’m pretty sure there was only one active nest there last year (the one next to Dry Creek Road).

Jeff T”

phal--lesaPhalarope is preening in these two photos. The big bird is one of the yellowlegs.

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In this shorebird clusters there are dowitchers, phalarope (very pale), yellowlegs (tallest) and Least Sandpiper. I did not intentionally shoot these in black and white. Feels very retro.
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weki upWestern Kingbird.

WHITE-LINEPelicans in a line. Wilson’s Phalarope below:

wil phalThe Wilson’s Snbipe were hidden in the shoreline grass and flew off without any chance of a photo.
Agate Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jul 15, 2014 11:00 AM. 26 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 80
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 14
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 14
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 7
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 50
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 2
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 16 HAVE PHOTOS ON MY BLOG FOR THIS DATE
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 2
Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 13
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 8


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