Posted by: atowhee | January 29, 2015

WATER DAYS

The worse the drought, the more I am drawn to what water there is.  Emigrant Lake, a fraction of its capacity under water.  Ashland Pond,  thankfully fed by a diversion of water form Ashland Creek which never quite dried up…last year.
This morning with a couple of other birders I saw my first Turkey Vulture of the year in Jackson County.  I may the last birder in the county to list one for 2015, they’ve been around for days.  The sun-warmed carcasses must be smelled by TVs all the way south above Redding.jan-tv2 (1280x960)TV-AG TV TURN
Also at the pond today was a Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Both the pond and lake are attracting their share of ducks these days, as well.  And his best clown in the hole act was his cousin, an ACORN Woodpecker…this one sans peanut.  Will this be the communal nesting hole this year or simply a roosting hole?
acorn hole (1280x960)acorn hole2 P2310353 (1280x960)Female Hoodie above, logging some loafing time.  Below one of a pair of soaring Red-tails. P2310369 (1280x960) PISI ON PLATFORM  Pine Siskins seize control of garden feeder in a coup d-eat…no bird I know has more aggression per gram than this little finch.  hummingbirds may be close…
 DBLE DUXEmigrant Lake. DUBLE DUX2 GBH STANDS UP MANYDUX PINT-A RSH IN TREERed-shoulder above, Coop below.coop looks around
Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Jan 29, 2015 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. 25 speciesMallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  5
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Turkey Vulture (Northern) (Cathartes aura aura/septentrionalis)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2     pair together
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  30
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  15
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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