Posted by: atowhee | September 27, 2014

FALL CLEANING

Everywhere I went today the birds seemed to be intent on fall cleaning…except for the Turkey Vultures who are now beating a hasty retreat to the south where they eat over the winter. Up here the nights get cold, the carcasses freeze solid and thus the TVs can;t dine as usual. No good to them the iced-over road kill.

DCC DRY
Double-crested Cormorant after a swim and a fish breakfast.
DCC PREEN1

DCC PREEN2

DCC STANDS

DCC WINGZ1

DCC WINGZ2

DCC WINGZ3

DCC WINMGZ4

GH CU
Green Heron, checking those chest feathers for possible leaks.
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GRN PRN2

GRNPRN

HEAD WHIRL
Western Svreech-Owl in his roost box, working over the shoulder feathers, then looking smug.
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klean2

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KLEAN4

KLEAN5

PREEN 8

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WSO FINIS
Can’t imagine a TV preening on the wing. Can any bird do that?
TV ORHED
Besides the TVs heading south, not many migrants evident. One warbler, Three small flocks of Cedar Waxwings. The Cooper’s Hawk might have been migrant as well. No sign of the Golden-crowned Sparrows seen earlier this week. The Green Heron will likely leave soon. Still no coots or ducks on the pond.
Every local gardener’s scourge, the ever hungry California ground squirrel, this one about fifteen feet OFF the ground.CGS ALOFT

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Sep 27, 2014 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
19 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 40
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X


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