Posted by: atowhee | May 19, 2019


I spent about 3 hours at Emigrant Lake late May 16th.  There were no surprises but plenty of bird action. In the pioneer cemetery a pair of adult bluebirds were catching insects for their nestlings and a very showy male tanager who did not try to hide. I got a shot of female bluebird coming up with juicy, pale caterpillar on an oak limb.  Osprey pair at south end of the lake had at least one visible nestling on the nest platform.  Nearby a Dipper was working under the Hwy 66 bridge over Emigrant Creek.  Did not see a nest under the bridge.



wb on grnd (2)


I got to see my first Ash-throated Flycatcher of the year in the oaks along Rosebud Lane.  In the shallow water at that south end: two pair of Spotted Sandpipers.atf-emlk (2)Note in first pic the sandpiper has a snack in its beak. Below: Golden Eagle, some grass trailing from talons, perhaps grabbed along with prey?


Western Meadowlark takes off:

Rogue Valley birders: I found a single-piece binoc lens cover in the cemetery and left it on the modern gravestone with the ceramic flames on top.   I believe the brand name was Vortex.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, Oregon, US
May 16, 2019 .  27 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Common Merganser  2
California Quail  6
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  3     includes noe nestling
Golden Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Acorn Woodpecker  X
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  1
California Scrub-Jay  3
American Crow  X
Violet-green Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Cliff Swallow  X
Oak Titmouse  X
American Dipper  1     under Emigrant Creek bridge of Hwy 66
Western Bluebird  2
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Lesser Goldfinch  22
Western Meadowlark  X
Bullock’s Oriole  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Western Tanager  X


  1. What? No pictures of the bluebird with the juicy caterpiller? Or the tanager? Maybe you tell big fish stories too! We had incredible winds in my wind-tunnel area. I hope you avoided them. m aP S I am enjoying your sipping wine. Thank you. Also, on display are the Met. pict, Nora and how the heck did you find an envelope with a GGO. You ARE the ggo whisperer!

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