Posted by: atowhee | July 23, 2021

JACKSON COUNTY CASCADES

ID help. Pics taken recently in Cascades at about 4600′, west of crest and east of Howard Prairie Lake.

Both photos by Marty Kalin. The area has mature forest, regenerating clear cuts filled wth brush, and natural springs. The forest is dominated by Doug-firs and the only deciduous trees are willows and other undergrowth.

Just based on these two shots, I suspected the top bird of being an immature Cassin’s Finch, the bottom bird of being female or juvie Common Yellowthroat. The complete lack of wing-bars ruled out the other suspects in my mind…any comments would be welcome. [I was wrong on both surmises, almost as weak as guesses!]

HERE IS ANALYSIS FROM FRANK LOSPALUTO WHO MAY KNOW JACKSON COUNTY BIRDS BETTER THAN ANY BODY ELSE: JUVIE VESPER SPARROW ABOVE, NASHVILLE WARBLER BELOW. BOTH ARE COMMON NESTING SPECIES IN THAT SECTION OF THE CASCADES. THANKS, FRANK.

Frank noted the sparrow’s eye-ring, a crucial ID mark. Gray back, yellow belly, no wing bar–of course, that says Nashville. No eye-ring yet on this juvie. Bioth are youngsters born thsi drought summer, both migrate, wish ’em well.


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