Posted by: atowhee | January 27, 2015

LITTLE GEESE IN FLY-BY

A small flock of geese flew overhead as I was at Ashland Pond this morning.  They were coming downstream along Bear Creek, heading west.  They swerved, descended and landed in the welcoming fields of Billings Ranch.  There were the big golf course-sized Canadas who are resident and among them two Greater White-fronted, looking petite by comparison.goose vMost White-fronted Geese winter in warmer places than the Rogue Valley, but this “winter” they could get a sunburn.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Jan 27, 2015 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM.  22 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  17
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  8
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1     at nest along Bear Creek
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2     pair together
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1


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