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Posted by: atowhee | May 27, 2018

MT. ASHLAND AND THE LOWLANDS

Today our Golden Gate Audubon birders hit a number of Ashland-area hotspots: Tolman Creek Creek Road above 3000 feet…then Mt. Ashland all the way past the ski lodge to Grouse Gap…then down to Emigrant Lake and into town for a look at one of the Western Screech-Owls along Ashland Creek.

Green-tailed Towhees, Lincoln’s and Chipping Sparrows, MacGillivray’s Warblers and stunning Lazuli Buntings were in the meadows above 6000 feet on Mt. Ashland.  We sometimes found ourselves veering off into a butterfly trip…or trying to botanize the many spring wildflowers. As we began to descend from the ski lodge parking lot one of our birders, who’s just finished a bird-song class, heard the unmistakable call of the Olive-sided Flycatcher.  It was in the high conifers directly east of the ski lodge on the slope downhill from the parking lot.CALL-HUMMAbove, Calliope, badly backlit on Tolman Creek Road.  Below, a Dusky Flycatcher at Bull Gap.DUSKYDUSKY2LAZ-M.A.Male Lazuli Bunting above, at one point today a male and the drab female of the species were side by side in a tree.  Below:Olive-sided Flycatcher high in tree atop Mt. Ashland:OSFLYA drowsy screecher around 5 PM, too early to be awakened by large mammals.wso-alndTolman Creek Rd., Jackson, Oregon, US
May 27, 2018. 9 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)  2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  X
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)  X

Mt. Ashland, Jackson, Oregon, US
May 27, 2018.  21 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)  1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)  1
Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri)  3
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  X
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  12
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)  8
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  4
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  1
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)  6
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  6
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  X

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