Posted by: atowhee | November 1, 2014


This is the only identifiable shot I got of an American Pipit at Emigrant Lake today. They were most infelicitous camera targets today.
PPT1 (1280x960) The pipit flock was downhill from the pioneer cemetery. After a full summer of low water much of the former lakebed is now short grass wasteland with low growing plants, ideal for pipits. Is it possible they will stay the winter there? We have not yet gotten them at Em Lake for the Christmas County (Ashland is Jan 3). But this year there are hundreds of acres of low-growing plants on what is normally lakebed. Maybe… Pipits are an uncommon wintering bird in Jackson County grassland. EBird shows their usual presence at Emigrant Lake is Mid-August through Mid-November.
This pipit flock should be checked by scope…you never know…

A flock of Green-winged Teal were flushed from a small isolated pool in the lakebed, they then flew to the main lake.
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Note the lone male mallard can’t keep up with the swifter flying teal. Most of the Mallards in the same pool didn’t even flush, just stood around. Obviously they haven’t been shot at like the migratory teal.
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Later I saw these teal loafing on the shore while a male Bufflehead paddled nearby. Today was the first time I’d seen Bufflehead at Emigrant Lake this season

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Canada Geese against the sky.

Pair of Savannah Sparrows
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Western Bluebirds joined the pipits and Savannah Sparrows in foraging on the weedy former lakebed.





This feeding flock of finches illustrates why we shouldn’t go around killing weeds everywhere we see them.PISIS CLUSTR (1280x960)

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The flock were made up of dozens of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch. I spotted one Savannah Sparrow in the group and a California Towhee vanished from the vicinity the moment he saw me.
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Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Nov 1, 2014 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 140
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 30
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 40
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 13
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 18
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 30
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 40
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 60

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