Posted by: atowhee | February 19, 2015

WATER WEASEL

There are plenty of weasels  in politics and running big corporations, but the water weasels that occasionally inhabit our pond are both honest and fun to watch.  How’s that for a change?APPROACH COMING CLOSERThe arc of the dive. DIVE ARC MAWThis river otter anted to be sure we saw that he had a fish in his maw. MAW2 OTTR-FULL FACE (1280x960)This is an otter who’s logged on. OTTR-LOGED ON P2330373 (1280x960) SIDE SIDE2Needless to say most of the ducks had left the pond and a small group of Mallards huddled in the shallows at the far end.  Only the lonely little PB Grebe seemed unperturbed and he kept his distance.

The Scrub-Jays around the pond this morning were in a snit.  Screaming and chasing one another about.  At first I suspected they had uncovered somebody nearby on the lengthy Jays’ Enemies List.  But I could discern no pattern or focus for their fussing.  No owl, no hawk, no Crow or Raven.  No squirrel. I finally chalked it up to seasonally affected disorder: the intense drive to own private property carved out of the commons, and all the anger and jealousy that causes in societies large and small.  I suspect many of the smaller birds huddled out of sight while the laws of jaynomics were debated loudly and publicly to nobirdy’s satisfaction.

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 19, 2015 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
17 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  9     FLY OVERS
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  15
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  40
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2

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