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Posted by: atowhee | September 25, 2017

BIRDS WERE CASCADING ALL AROUND

A clear, mild autumn day at 4500 to 5500 feet elevation in the southern Cascades is hard to beat in North America. Here is Carol Mockridge’s photo of the Pileated Woodpecker who drummed, called and checked out the slow-moving groundlings in his territory:pilwood While at Klum Landing on Howard Prairie Lake… before we were swept up in the Gray Jay fantasia…we were standing on the boat ramp, a few Ring-billed Gulls and two immature Double-crested Cormorants were upon the lake’s glare. In the trees we heard the Steller’s taunting and a distant Raven, but it was calm and ordinary…until a large black bird flew straight down from a pine and landed by the lake’s edge. Not a shorebird, not a crow, not a Brewer’s Blackbird, but a lone Lewis’s Woodpecker. It proceeded to drink and then chase prey on the water’s edge.LW IN GLARELW IN GLARE3 Later we found him where he belonged, up a tree:lew-tree
Other images from the day:weme-twoWP INLINEWS IN MUD3Snipe was at HOward Prairie Reservoir, the Audubon’s Warbler one of many at Hyatt Lake.YR AT HLYR AT HL3

SEPT. 24 CHECKLISTS
Emigrant Creek Rd., Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017 7:10 AM – 7:20 AM. 4 species

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) X
Keno Access Road, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017. 8AM. 14 species

Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) 2
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) X
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) 12
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 10
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]) X
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
Keno Access Road, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017 2:20 PM – 2:40 PM. 5 species

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]) X
Lily Glen Park, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017. 3 species

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]) X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) X ony a few stragglers compared with dozen on Sept. 12
Howard Prairie Lake, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM
Comments: Most water birds seen at shallow north end of reservoir, walked in from Lily Glen; GGOwl in meadow one miles south of resort entrance road along Hyatt Lake Road.
27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 50
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 40
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 4
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 30
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 10
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 50
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 20
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 40
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 1
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 8
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 15
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) X
Common Raven (Corvus corax) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Hyatt Reservoir, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017. 5 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 500
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
American Coot (Fulica americana) 300
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 4
Klum Landing, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017 1:40 PM – 2:10 PM
Comments: I had never birded here before and there was no eBird designation before this checklist
11 species

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 8
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) 15
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 20
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 20
Howard Prairie Dam Road, Jackson, Oregon, US
Sep 24, 2017. 9 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 1
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 15
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2

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