Posted by: atowhee | May 23, 2018


I made a brief stop at Ankeny today as I drove south to Ashland today.  I could hear an American Bittern calling.  He was hidden in the high grass of Eagle Marsh, due east of the viewing kiosk there.  At Pintail Marsh I was surprised to see a female Bufflehead.  Other ducks there were Ruddy and Wood.bff-ankny

Once in Medford I had some time to spare before I gave a talk on Klamath Basin at Wild Birds Unlimited.  So I headed to nearby Roxy Ann–no surprises but nice to see the Ash-throated Flycatchers in the dwarf oak forest there, Lazuli Bunting and an unexpected Wilson’s Warbler.  I usually expect them in damper habitat.  This was dry oak/madrone scrub.  I was driven down from the hill by a thunderstorm.atdf-roxy2atf-roxy

Best image of the day: bathing Osprey at Wheatland Ferry with Killdeer standing by in case the big guy needs help:osp bathingOf course, the especially waterproof Osprey sim;ly lifted off with a couple of wing flaps and headed back to its next on the Marion side of the river.

Ankeny NWR, Marion, Oregon, US
May 23, 2018 9:40 AM – 10:10 AM.   22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     pair with 3 goslings at Eagle Marsh
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  2
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  X
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)  1     heard only, Eagle Marsh
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X

Roxy Ann, Jackson, Oregon, US
May 23, 2018 4:10 PM – 4:50 PM.  11 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)  3
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)  1
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  6

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