Posted by: atowhee | October 5, 2014

NATURE PUTS THE KETTLE ON

Bright autumn sun, hot air rising, vultures kettling over Ashland. As night follows day. P2180326 (1280x960)

The sun brought out some bird song today. Two songs from a Wrentit, unseen in the brambles as usual. A young Song Sparrow had the voice but not the lyrics. He could get out the opening triplet but couldn’t handle the thrill of the trill. I watched him practicing in a willow along Ashland Creek. Nest spring he will sing a full song, and it will imitate the dialect of his neighbors…not necessarily the song his father sang.
A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were loudly contesting the right to hunt along the pond’s edge.
A male Kingfisher was rattling about. A couple of lackadaisical Starlings added some cat-calls without leaving a sunny perch.EUST IN-SUN (1280x960)
A red-breasted Sapsucker drilled on an oak trunk in dense shade, badly backlit.
bad light
Two different Downys made themselves available for portraits, so I obliged:
DOWO ON -TRNK (1280x960)

dowo stare

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DOWOFLAP (1280x960)
Warblers can be frustrating for camera carriers, but today I persisted–Yellow-rump, very drab first-year bird I suspect:
YRWA ON LIM (1280x960)

YRWA UPRIT (1280x960)

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b fly-chicoryLate season butterflies at work, this one on chicory flower, one of the few blooms left in October.b-fly-oct5
In a burst of autumnal exuberance this poppy is blooming: octo-poppy

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 5, 2014 10:20 AM – 11:35 AM
0.7 mile(s). 25 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 5
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 8
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X


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