Posted by: atowhee | March 14, 2015


What was it some oracle whispered to Julies Caeser…enjoy the Ides of March, wasn’t it?BBRD ON RKWestern Bluebird rocks, or at least sits on a rock.

Below, Mrs. GH Owl sits on her nest, probably with owlets beneath as she is sitting so much higher than a couple weeks ago.GHO MOM ASLEEP GHO MOM IN NST1 OAKS AND mt.aLooking past the oak savanna to Mt. Ashland.

Below: Red-tailed Hawk on its nest…easily seen from Dead Indian, just to the right of the first bridge as you head into the Cascades.  You see this tall cottonwood before you come to the airport entrance.  Look immediately above the mobile home surrounded by RVs.RTH IN NST1 (1280x1132)ACWO-WINGZ (1280x960)Note the heavily worn wing feathers on this bird.  That indicates it is a bird born last summer as they do not molt their initial flight feathers until this coming summer.ACWO WORN WINGS ACWO-WINGZ (1280x960)

Below: pond turtle, North Mountain Park. P2350798 (1280x960) P2350799 (1280x960)Half of a paro of Song Sparrows working the edge of Ashland Pond. sosp at pond (1280x960)COKOT CUTECoot reflecting on the day’s activities, at Ashland Pond.  Pair of Common Mergansers, not all that common along Bear Creek, but enjoying the pre-spring sunshine and warmth. COMERG PAIR cora-rth3 (1280x960) Two Ravens harrying a Red-tailed hawk. RAV2RT1PUFI MALEThis bright male Purple Finch was singing his sweet lilt in the bare trees around Ashland Pond.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 13, 2015 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM
34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  X     fly over
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  5
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2     in Bear Creek
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  5
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  12
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  2
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  5
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  X

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