Posted by: atowhee | December 18, 2014


It was the Yreka Christmas Bird  Count in Siskiyou County California today.  I got to bird with a team in the Shasta Valley which is mostly between 2500 and 3000 feet in elevation in the rain shadow of the Mt. Shasta volcano.  Here are some shots from the day in the field:P2270356 (1280x960)Snow Goose leaves the scene. P2270362 (1280x960) CATO CLER CATO STARE FERRU BACK (1280x960) FERRU SIDE (1280x960) FERRU SIDE2 (1280x960) FERRU STNDS (1280x960) FERRU-SIGNFerruginous Hawk above…we saw over 15.  Golden Eagle in the air.  We saw several of both eagle species. GOLD EAG YNG1 (1280x960) LOSH O POST (1280x960) LOSH THIKT MRMT1 (1280x960) NOMO2 (1280x960)Rock Wren on the rocks.P2270379 (1280x960)

RK REN (1280x960)That speck in the bare tree is a Rough-legged hawk. RLH (1280x960)

Below: Mt Shasta with its head in the clouds.SHAST TOPLESS SHST VALLY2 SHTS VALLY WEME PIPE (1280x960)SHASTA VALLEY RANCHES, Siskiyou, US-CA
Dec 18, 2014 8:20 AM – 4:20 PM
52 species

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  5
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)  20
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  3
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  30
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  X
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  18
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  X
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  2
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  3
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  X
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)  2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  X
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  X
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


  1. Sounds delicious! How do you make a “wren on the rocks”. Ice obviously but the rest?

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