Posted by: atowhee | May 17, 2023


Activity outside our cabion at Green Springs Inn.
Dawn drumming by male Red-breasted Sapsucker. His chosen sounding board is one of the signs with a nearby cabin’s name on it. The sapsucker has already chiseled off the right-hand end of the sign. Further damage is to be expected during the annual drum season.
Two Steller’s Jays building a nest on the oiutside roof beam of the firewood shed.
Fly-by of three Band-tailed PigeonS.

Birds seen and heard around Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie include: Osprey, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Western Tanager, Cassin’s Vireo, Dusky Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, red-tail. Last evening two Wild Turkeys crossed the highway just south of Howard Prairie lake. Mountain Quail call persistently around Green Springs Inn cabins. Unseen naturally.


At the wildlife viewing pull-out along the western shore of Hyatt Lake a pair of White-headed Woodpeckers are nesting in a sawed-off stump. GGO female of her nest. Steller’s Jays nest-building. Birds are being nestiferous.

The jays used natural materials, but apparently, also plastic.

Damage to the drum just part of natrual process. Talk about being a chiseler…

Cal Condors vs. avian flu–vaxx may help. Don’t tell the anti-vaxxers weho might sue to stop condoir vaccination.

Green Springs Inn, Jackson, Oregon, US
May 17, 2023
11 species

Mountain Quail  X
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  3
Common Raven  X
Mountain Chickadee  X
Tree Swallow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
California Towhee  1

Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, Oregon, US
May 17, 2023
26 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Killdeer  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Great Gray Owl  1
Williamson’s Sapsucker  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1
White-headed Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Dusky Flycatcher  1
Cassin’s Vireo  X
Common Raven  X
Mountain Chickadee  X
Tree Swallow  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  X
Western Bluebird  1
American Robin  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Western Tanager  X



  1. Good news seeing a Great gray owl on her nest. Are you on your southern OR field trip with SAS?

    • THE SAS trip is in mid-June

  2. […] Click here for May 17th blog if you missed it–includes White-headed Woodpeckers at nest hole along Hyatt Lake shore. […]

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