Posted by: atowhee | May 12, 2015


A group of peeping Evening Grosbeaks went past our house mid-day…but they wouldn’t stay around for a photograph.  Saw my first Waxwings of the month zip past while I was at the pond this afternoon.

If you are a baby Mallard this is what it means to “log on.”

LOG ON (1280x960)And this is what it means to see a large, dangerous mammal on shore.  Head to the open sea…CLUTCH (1280x960)The pair of Spotted Sandpipers were feeding neatone another on the far bank of the pond.  Then a leap from low log to higher one.SPOT ON (1280x960) SPOT FLAP (1280x960)  SPOT UP (1280x960)And two adult nuthatches bringing food to their nestling inside a nest box near Ashland Creek.  The actual hand-off of food was instantaneous.  The babies inside are mature enough now that they come to the hole and grab the prey from mom or dad.  WBN1 WBN2 WBN3 WBN4 WBN5In this last shot the blue is the departing nuthatch, a faint smear of grey and black.WBN BLUR (1280x960)

Plenty of new flowers to add to the season’s list.  These were all in the Cascades at 4500 feet.WHITE TRILL (1280x960) IRIS-PALE (1280x960)5-PETAL (1280x960) KD IN ROAD (1280x960)“Jack” was near Emigrant Lake, not in the forest where his speed would be less valuable. JUMPIN JACK (1280x960)  COY1 (1280x960)This muskrat is one of two we saw on Bird Day at North Mountain so it was also Mammal Day. Not related to the beaver, the muskrat is called an “aquatic vole’ in my mammal guide.  Rats!MUSK1 (1280x960) C-MNK1 (1280x960) CGS ON RK (1280x960) AMPH (1280x960)P2440944 (1280x960)beasuter2 beauter-fly b--flyEnjoy these shots of the backlit Nashville Warbler, he’s often a tough customer when confronted by a camera. NAWA GOOD (1280x960) NAWA LEAN DOWN (1280x960)NAWA FACE (1280x960)The next birdsa were captives from Wildlife Images which only retains those birds unable to be free.  The Peregrine was blind in one eye.  The pale-face is an odd morph Red-tailed Hawk.  If you don;t recognize that owl you can’t read my blog any more…GHO! P2440926 (1280x960) P2440930 (1280x960) P2440931 (1280x960) P2440934 (1280x960) P2440935 (1280x960)Thus sapsucker was in Lithia Park but on Saturday there were three males chasing and calling and drumming along Keno Access Road, vying for territory.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
May 11, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  20 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  1
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
May 12, 2015 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM.  21 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  20; Green Heron fly-over with squawk
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  20
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  12–first I’ve seen this month
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  2

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