Posted by: atowhee | March 21, 2015

HARK, ‘TIS THE LARK!

Here in Ashland I must crib from Shakespeare as the most DRAMAtic sighting of my day, was, in fact, a lark!HOLA 3-4 VU (1280x885) HOLA ASIDEThe dogs and i were cruising along the waterline, the rising waterline, thankfully, at Emigrant Lake this evening.  We were looking for shorebirds, ignoring the occasional Killdeer, hoping for something more.  Suddenly a small dun-colored bird flitted along the rocks and landed about 20 yards away.  I didn’t notice any pattern that would hint at pipit (too early for them anyway) or Savanna Sparrow.  ??   A look through the binocs…and there it was: a true lark.  This is the first time I have seen a Horned Lark at Emigrant Lake.  I have submitted 235 checklists to eBird from that location in all seasons with at least one checklist for about 48 weeks on the calender…and this is the first Horned Lark. HOLA FCES HOLA OVR SHLDRIn fact this was a Jackson County lifer for me as this species is not common anywhere in the county that I know of.  I see them regularly and sometimes in large numbers east of the Cascades, in Klamath County.  But like Black Tern, Pygmy Nuthatch, White-faced Ibis and Chukar, they are not expected on our western side of the Cascades.  I count this as a semi-shorebird after all.  Though it is the only widespread, resident member of the lark family in North America, this species is called “Shore Lark” by the Brits.  And there it was, along the lakeshore.

SHOREMAMMAL

JR1 (1280x825)This is truly “jumpin’ jack flash.”  I’ll never get pictures like this again. JR2 JR3In a congress of jackrabbits the ears have it.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 21, 2015 9:50 AM – 10:40 AM.  25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  50     flying around after being frightened up from Bear Creek
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  8
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1     calling
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  12
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)  8
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Kirtland Rd.–Ponds, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 21, 2015 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM. 13 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  20
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  300
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  50
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  40
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  40
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  2

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Mar 21, 2015 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM.  25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  20
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1–first of year at Emigrant, not on nest platform
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  5
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  11
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  50
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1


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  1. […] My most surprising bird ofg the day was a little surprise, the bird being smaller than a Robin.  Ho… […]

  2. FANTASTIC shots of Jack.


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