Posted by: atowhee | February 10, 2016


Four woodpecker species and a sublime sunset reflected by the Cascades.  Mt. McLaughlin is named for the Hudson’s Bay factotum but today it outshone its big volcanic cousin, Mt. Shasta.  First the birds:flkr-agt (1280x960)Flicker shunning the camera.  Lewis’s Woodpeckers: lewo-closr (1280x960) lewo-dark (1280x960)One of the Red-winged Blackbird flocks near the lake: rwb flock (1280x960)Cooper’s Hawk.  I blame him for making most of the songbirds vanish from my bakDown onthe Klamath River in California, mergansers, river otters:come klmth2 (1280x960)  ottr2-klmth (1280x960) ottr3-goes ottr-klmth (1280x960)


Yesterday I suggested that Mt. Shasta is a volcano diva, demanding and getting her own special weather systems.  And on the face of it, she should be far more spectacular than Mt. Laughlin her northerly cousin.  MML is only 2/3 as high as Shasta.  But its near perfect conicality, now snow-covered, makes it appear starkly, brilliantly outstanding against sky and low-lying dark foothills.  Herewith an imagery face-off.  Shasta first:

shsta-diva1 shsta-diva2 xshsta-wide

McLaughlin:mml-1 mml-2 mnt1 (1280x960)mnt3 (1280x960) mtn2 (1280x960) mtn4 (1280x960) mtn5 (1280x960)mtn7 (1280x960) mtn8 (1280x960) mtn9 (1280x960) mtn10 (1280x960)mtn11 (1280x960) mtn12 (1280x960) mtn13 (1280x960) mtn14 (1280x960) mtn15 (1280x960) mtn16 (1280x960)By this time the sun has long been down behind the Siskiyous to the west, only indirect sunlight is reflected off the clouded sky and pierces through holes to brighten some parts of the mountain.  All the fishermen are gone. Parking lots are empty.  There are no boats nor ducks on the water, the latter all tucked in the for the night.  Even the Red-wings have now fallen silent.  Stillness and calm rest lightly on the serene scene.  No breeze riffles the water, and then three coots paddle gently through the reflected place image of the volcano, trailing thin wake lines like a fingernail across dark sand.  Then they too disappear into the dark water beyond…and nothing moves. mtn17 (1280x960)

Agate Lake, Jackson, Oregon, US
Feb 10, 2016 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM.  22 species

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)  2     overflight
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  9
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  3
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  7
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  4
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  50
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  11
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  120

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