Posted by: atowhee | November 30, 2012

BEST THING ABOUT WINTER BIRDING?

VISIBILITY There are fewer leaves in the way and even less cover for ground-feeding birds. Clearer views, better pictures.
BEAG IN LIMBS
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Both the mature Bald Eagle and the Red-shouldered Hawk in the oak would have been barely visible in summer.
HOME PAIRS 2HOME MALES
The Hooded Mergansers have converged on Ashland Pond, one day there were eighteen on that acre of water. Out at Emigrant Lake there are often more Common Mergansers than that but they may be spread over several square miles of water. Or they may bunch up to search for schools of fish.EM LAKE 002 (1280x960)

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There are several Lewis’s Woodpeckers at Emigrant Lake, both in the Recreation Area and around the Pioneer Cemetery. I hope they stick around for our Christmas Count.

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Nov 30, 2012 10:15 AM
Protocol: Incidental
30 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 75
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 7
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 13
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 male
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 mature
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 7
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 5 in a flock
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 35
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 4
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 6
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 16
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 34
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 11
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 14
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 35
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 50
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 24
Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Nov 28, 2012 3:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
20 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 24
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 6
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) 2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 8
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 50
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 11
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 8
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 35
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 40
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 5

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR. Nov 28, 2012 10:15 AM. 20 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 35
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 18
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 9
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 9
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 25
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 17
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 20

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