Posted by: atowhee | March 5, 2015


When the dogs and I hit Emigrant Lake this afternoon it was map time.  Some dabblers were fveeding along the edge of the rising water but mostly the birds were not to be seen. ZZZZZZZZ.

A row of henbit bloomed along a fence line.  Daffodils boasted their lively yellow above the quiet graves and lush new grass in the cemetery.  Grass widows purpled a gentle slope beneath still-bare oaks.  The sun was bright, no breeze, a blue sky with thin trails of white drifting north from the Siskiyou Pass.  Crows were making a racket and a lone male Western Bluebird kept calling “Twoo, twoo” and got no answer. EM LAKE FILLING GRS WIDOGrass widow.

I once live on a street called “Great Oaks” but no tree along that street was as wonderful as this one:GRT OAK  One small ditch was crowded with last year;s cattail stalks.  Out of the plant-choked water lower down came a loud chorus of frogs.  At my houese these days there is both a dawn and eveing chorus.   Once the greedy turkeys stop begging for their ransom each morning, the birdsong is primarily from a forest full of Robins.KD LUKKilldeer were among the rocks along the lakeshore. KD PREENYesterday at the pond: P2340621 (1280x960) P2340627 (1280x960) P2340629 (1280x960) P2340641 (1280x960) P2340655 (1280x960) PLUM BEAUTYDOKWO AFAR (1280x960)Ruby-crowned Kinglet watches me from a shaded perch: RCKI IN SHADE (1280x960) RDBRSA RDBRSA2 RDBRSA3HOFI HI (1280x960)House Finch.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 5, 2015 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM.  14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  60
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  12
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  14
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  9
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
House Finch   3



  1. What species of hummingbird was that?

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