Posted by: atowhee | May 10, 2015


Yesterday was Bird Day here in the Rogue Valley. I began the morning with a short field trip in North Mountain Park here in Ashland, part of the Bird Day celebration.  It’s our local event to go along with International Migratory Bird Day.  Click here to see great gallery of shots from the walk and the even, all taken by Graham Lewis, a real photographer.

Perhaps the one bird nobody could miss: Tree Swallow.  In the air.  On the wires. In and out of nest boxes.TS BOX (1280x960) T-S1 (1280x960) T-S2 (1280x960)There were more than than one Warbling Vireo above, in the oaks.  Tracking them with a camera was a challenge.WAVI HID (1280x960)WAVI FINE4 (1280x960) WAVI OPEN (1280x960)Here we see White-breasted Nuthatch landing on oak above the same nest hole they’ve used in two previous springs.   wbn above holeLater on bird day I found this unusual sight, a White-breasted Nuthatch on the ground, feeding alongside Robins.  The reason: numerous half-inch green caterpillars were rapeling out of the deciduous trees on thin silken strands and were finally reaching the ground.  Yum. wbn on grnd wbn on grnd2This male Western Tanager was badly backlit in a shady alcove of an oak. WT IN SHADE1 (1280x960)Much later in the day, over Howard Prairie Lake, this pair of Mature Bald Eagles soared in tandem.BE PAIRD (1280x960) BE PAIRD3 (1280x960) BE PARID2 (1280x960) BHG ON FDR (1280x960)Wherever I went yesterday the Black-headed grosbeaks were singing…and in my garden, emptying my feeders. bhg.topMRS.BHG (1280x960)MRS.BHG SIDE (1280x960)Female at feed.MRS.BHG3 (1280x960)Klamath Bird Observatory biologists were at Bird Day and mist-netting birds.  Here’s a North Flicker at close range. flkr hold1 flkr hold2

eBird Report – North Mountain Park, May 9, 2015


 North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
May 9, 2015 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM.  29 speciesCanada Goose (Branta canadensis)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  25
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  X
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  5
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  8
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


  1. Thanks Harry for shepherding birders and leadership at KBO.

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