Posted by: atowhee | April 4, 2020


GLewis-Ducks_CrossWalk_Ashland_3_hiGLewis-Ducks_CrossWalk_Ashland_2_hiGLewis_Ducks_CrossWalk_Ashland_hiThese ducks are part of the population that lives in Lithia Park and along Ashland Creek in Ashland, Oregon.  They know how best to get from A to B, something our fellow hominids seem incapable of doing…sometimes.

The photos were taken by a friend who in normal times works for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce which is now shut down like so much of normal life.  In Ashland schools from kindergarten to university are closed down.  The Shakespeare Festival is shut, hoping to re-open in September.  Most business shut as well.

So why go to Ashland if that is still possible?  For the civil wildlife and great birding.  Great Gray Owls, Mountain Bluebirds and Quail (with much luck), White-headed Woodpeckers, nesting cranes,  Dusky and Hammond’s Flycatchers, California Towhee and Thrasher (again), Great-tailed Grackle, White-tailed Kite, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Vesper Sparrow, Williamson’s Sapsucker…and convenient access to the avian riches of the Klamath Basin where large grebes dance on the water in May.  Should you go and safes are closed, excellent delis can be found at Market of Choice and the Ashland Co-Op


  1. Thanks Harry. We also have turkeys, wild in the parks and on our trails, a plethora of other bird species , bears, skunks, with theater to return in the fall. Y’all Come.

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