Posted by: atowhee | November 18, 2014

DROUGHT DEMOGRAPHICS

Less water means more concentrated waterbirds.  Most of our wintering ducks are how now here and they are crowding into the ponds and lakes where there’s still water.  Never have I seen the large gravel pit at Newbry Park on the Greenway so crowded with waterfowl.  This is how it looked today with ice forcing the birds into the areas unfrozen:CROWD (1280x537)

These following images are from Emmalisa Whalley, taken on Monday.  They include a pair of Cackling Geese at Newbry.  I did not see those two today. geesewigeonsThe American Wigeon may squeak like a rubber ducky toy, but up close they look like a million bucks.  Anmd there’s Mr. Bufflehead who does more for black and white than even Coco Chanel ever dared.  Note that glossy head is not simply black but iridescent in many tones of purple, green and unnamed tints.bufflehead mixedgroup moregeeseBrown Cfreeper is not a common bird along Bear Creek in any season. Nice shot!browncreeper pond

SNOW GOOSE AND OTHER DELIGHTFUL VISIONS

SNO GOOSE IN AIRHere’s a single Snow Goose among the grander Canadas.  They circled and honked and didn’t land.  The Newbry Park gravel pond was already full of birds and about one-third of the surface was still iced over. Other flocks of geese did land and each time there would follow a loud colloquy on landing technique, or over-crowding, so simply disagreement over where the best grazing would be found this day.

CRK DUX-BEST (1280x444)On Bear Creek upstream from Newbry Park was a mixed flock of Mallards and Hooded Mergansers.  In just the past few days I’ve begun to see the males while the females arrived at least a week before.  Below, male Ring-necked Duck.  Love that ruddy eye color.  Also, in that area near the wooden footbridge over Bear Creek was some Dipperwhite on the rocks.  There was no sign of the depositor however.RN BOLD (1280x732) SHOV MAIL Jimmy Durante would not thumb his nose at this guy.  And here’s male Gadwalls among lesser birds, one Wigeon and two Coots including one going submarine. WATR-MIX2 (1280x557)

MEANWHILE, IN ASHLAND…HERM ON TREE (1280x960)Hermit Thrush along Ashland Creek in Lithia ParkHERM FLIZ (1280x960) HERM FLTTR (1280x960) HERM ON ROK (1280x960)  P2240107 (1280x399)Hoodies speed across Ashland Pond. PEREG1High above the pond, slightly larger than a mote…soaring Peregrine. ROBIN BOLD (1280x960)This bright fellow is de-fruiting our crabapple.  And then ducks at dusk, gthe whole merganser mob and two little Buffleheads in the lower left corner. WHOL HARM

Bear Creek Greenway–Lynn Newbry Park, Jackson, US-OR
Nov 18, 2014 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM. 24 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  250
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  10
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  60
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  15
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  40
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  3
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  40
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  15
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  8     in Bear Creek
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  75
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  10
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  6

 

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Nov 18, 2014 3:50 PM – 4:35 PM
25 species
Most ducks I’ve seen at the pond this autumn. Last month some days there were none, just a couple of grebes or some coots.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  8
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X     fly over
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  2
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  11     most at this location so far this season
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  120
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  6     fly over
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1


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