Posted by: atowhee | May 6, 2015


There were four species of swallow feeding on the little flying insects over Emigrant Lake today: Barn, Tree, V-G and Rough-winged.  Then along comes a lone Vaux’s Swift.  For the first time I got a shot of an individual swift.  Getting the whirlwind of swifts as they funnel into a autumn roost is cool but easy.  Getting one on the wing, gimme a high five…VS-GUD (1280x960) VS-GUD2 (1280x960)A few years back Sandy Komito–yes, that Sandy Komito–stood with me at Ashland Pond and got some very fair pictures of Vaux’s Swifts in the air.  I thought at the time, How can that old guy do that?  I musta been too young, that’s all. Now I’ve done it.  Sandy was my goad and my inspirati0n…if he can do it, I thought… I’m taking a victory lap right now.

My son’s British in-laws would describe my current condition, somewhere between amazement and hubris, as “chuffed.”  Chuffed indeed.

It has already been a good day, more Wilson’s Warblers than Yellow-rumps!WW4 (1280x960)WW2 (1280x960)WW-BRITE (1280x960)Spotty on the shore.SPOT-A (1280x960) TV FACE (1280x960)For awhile I was watching T.V. TV FACE-CLOS (1280x960) WBN-BRITE (1280x960)The many shades of the nuthatch.  The bird sat still but leaves and sunlight moved and altered. WBN-CU (1280x960) WBN-SIDD (1280x960) WBN-SUN (1280x960)   This is Canadian daycare at its finest.  Four adults, twelve students=student/teacher ratio of 3 to 1.  Some non-humans really have family values not just slogans and BS.

CAN DAYCAR (1280x960) OSP-BLUE (1280x960) OSP-CLD (1280x960)Bonus raptors this evening were young Golden Eagle and a White-tailed Kite.  Vetch, meanwhile, purples the hillsides.GE-HI1 (1280x960) GE-HI2 (1280x960) KYT1 (1280x960) KYT2 (1280x960) KYT3 (1280x960) KYT4 (1280x960) LAKE (1280x960)Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
May 6, 2015 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM. 28 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  26
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  12
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)  1, Golden Eagle  1 juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X

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