Posted by: atowhee | March 14, 2015


GCKI1 (1280x914)See that tiny little bird in the center?  Golden-crowned Kinglet in the clearing beneath a power pylon along Shale City Road. Then, here’s the ridgetop Harrier, soaring above Dead Indian Memorial Road around Milepost 6.  RIDGTP HARRHARR SOAR  RBN FLAP  RBN UPHIGH Red-breasted Nuthatch against the rainy sky with low light.RBN LAUNCHD VOLCANO VIEWA distant view of the Siskiyous tallest peak, Mt. Ashland. WEM BACKJust one of the singing male Western Meadowlarks. Their sweet music carried across field and hillside. WEME RIGHT WEME SING LEFT WEME SINGS MORE LEFT WEME TAILOne of several wildflowers in bloom.P2360003Both ceanothus and manzanita are now in bloom along Shale City Road above 4000 feet elevation:CEAN BLUM (1280x960)Yes, our common species of ceanothus in the Sikiyous and cascades here is cream-colored, unlike the purplish ones in lowland California. MANZ BLUM (1280x960)I worry about what nectar the Calliope Hummingbird will find when he returns a month from now.  Such will be the stresses and tribulations of climate change, especially hard on migrants.  The Calliope is down in central Mexico.  He has no news reports to tell him that is favorite flowering bushes are a month early this year.

Dead Indian Mem. Rd., Jackson, US-OR
Mar 14, 2015 10:45 AM – 12:25 PM.   15 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3     one sitting on nest
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  1     female on nest
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  5
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1

Shale City Road, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 14, 2015 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.  12 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  12


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