Posted by: atowhee | October 31, 2014


It was Halloween so it makes sense the ducks on Billings’ Ranch Pond would get spooked. Flocks of them took to the air, circling over Bear Creek and Ashland Pond. I looked over the fence and there were two creatures disguised as humans, very scary if you’re a hunted waterfowl. Only two ducks actually sought refuge on Ashland Pond, a Wigeon and a Wood Duck, both males.

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This is not a species I often see at Ashland Pond so I followed the busy little pair through the…wait for it…oaks.OTIT AWAY (1280x960)

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OTIT CLER (1280x960)

OTIT JUMP (1280x960)

OTIT LEAP (1280x960)

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OTIT STRETCH (1280x960)

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Finally the Egret decided he could not be seen in the company of a mere cormorant and exited pond right:egret exit

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Waxwings with accompanying Starling.
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Chinook haunted by the need to get upstream to spawn…these two were on Ashland Creek between pond and sewage plant. It’s an area where habitat restoration has been done to enhance the salmon’s use of the stream.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Oct 31, 2014 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
29 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 35
American Wigeon (Anas americana) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 25
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 20
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 8 first of season at the pond

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