Posted by: atowhee | January 11, 2015

LET THERE BE LIFE

[WARNING: THIS BLOG POST IS NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH]

For the living there will be the death of other, formerly living, creatures.  A potato, a chicken, a lettuce plant–each will be killed in turn so that other creatures might eat.  I wouldn’t have chosen such a vicious system for all of nature, but nobody asked me.

Today a male American Kestrel had whole vole as carry out lunch (the English would have said, more fittingly, “take away.”)  Our best American menu might have offered: whole vole to go.kest morsl1 (1280x960) kest morsl2 (1280x960) kest morsl3 (1280x960) kest prey (1280x960)

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Before the meal: KEST-MAILE

COMP CUZ COMP CUZ2 COUP HAWK1Cooper’s Hawk in forest on edge of the lake. COUP HAWK2   lake level low (1280x960) LEW-ALewis’s Woodpecker along Hwy 66. LEW-B LEW-C

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Late yesterday in dim light I was driving past Briscoe Schook in Ashland and noticed a Robin flock overhead with some smaller birds in a tight knot.  I found their landing spot…my first Cedar Waxwings of the year.

CWW-AMRO (1280x960) P2290342 (1280x960) P2290343 (1280x960) CWW-AMRO (1280x960) P2290342 (1280x960) P2290343 (1280x960)P2290348 (1280x960) P2290349 (1280x960)The Pied-billed Grebe, missing for the Ashland CBC, is turning a richer brown and showing its pied bill and we head into breeding season.   Here the grebe is with a flotilla of Hooded Merganser females. P2290352 (1280x960)

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Jan 11, 2015 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  22
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  8
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1

 

 


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