Posted by: atowhee | October 12, 2014

OCTOBER DAY IN THE VALLEY

I led a field trip for Rogue Valley Audubon today. Over 30 people showed up, and we birded three locations, seeing 49 species. Best of all, at the end we went to Ashland Pond: male Western Tanager in full color and a White-throated Sparrow. The latter was at the same location were this uncommon wintering species has been wintering for the past few years.
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W-T-SP-FACE (1280x960)
CHASING LITTLE GRAY SPECKS
Twice today our group was treated to the sight of Bushtits twitering and flitting through the bushes. This is as close as I got to a decent photo. Bushtits won’t pose.
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B-T2 (1280x960)

B-T3
Salmon in Bear Creek, Newbry Park.
SALMON (1280x960)
Wasp nest, Newbry Park.
WASP NEST (1280x960)

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 12, 2014 8:25 AM – 10:25 AM
8.0 mile(s). 33 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 5
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 8
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1 male
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 25
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 40
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 50
Junco–many
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
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Bear Creek Greenway–Lynn Newbry Park, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 12, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
2.0 mile(s). 28 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) X
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 3
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Cedar Waxwing 30+
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
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Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 12, 2014 12:15 PM – 12:50 PM
0.4 mile(s). 21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) X
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X


Responses

  1. https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5gFtyH view shots from same trip. Thanks Harry, you are a great teacher, entertaining, and patient.


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