Posted by: atowhee | October 5, 2014


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


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)

YRWA-LIM2 (1280x960)

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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