Advertisements
Posted by: atowhee | April 20, 2015

WHOSE OAK IS THIS?

There was some squabbling around a particular on a hill overlooking Emigrant Lake this afternoon.  An Acorn Woodpecker flew onto the underside of a diagonal limb and begin to enlarge an existing hole.  Quickly a pair of House Wrens appeared an began hissing and fussing.  They were joined by a pair of bluebirds how may be going to use and next box on the opposite side of the same oak.  The Acron seemed to ignore the smaller birds’ upset.  When he finally flew off the quiet returned.  Were the wrens planning on nesting inside that hole?  Why did the bluebirds care?AC-AT-HOL BLUEBRDD

At the south end of the lake there were geese gathered, including a family of Canadas with at least 7 goslings and a passing White-fronted.geese GWF ALONE WTRFOWL GRPNote there’s even a pair of Shoveler here, the only ones I found on the whole lake.

Meanwhile at the pond yesterday, saw my first Western Tanager of the spring and the Evening Grosbeaks consented to fly over my head and land right between me and the sun for almost no camera worth angles…but for one.EG AT AP1 EG AT AP2 lego brite linc turn lincWhen the light is right this bird is bright.  He;s always clever, or course. SCRB BEAUTYSpeaking of bright corvids the Crows are nest building.  They hang onto twigs with their whole wight and finally tear them from a living branch, green the weave better and are flexible.  I think they waited until the cottonwood have leafed out to build their nest which is almost impossible to see even though I know right where it is. spto birite1 spto looks TRTLE

Here are some aerial maneuvers by a master of both air and water, the Osprey:P2420350 (1280x960) P2420351 (1280x960) P2420354 (1280x960) P2420356 (1280x960) P2420357 (1280x960)P2420359 (1280x960) P2420360 (1280x960) P2420362 (1280x960) P2420363 (1280x960) P2420364 (1280x960)

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Apr 19, 2015 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM. 23 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  3
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Apr 20, 2015 4:15 PM – 5:25 PM.  26 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  10
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  3
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: