Posted by: atowhee | February 28, 2015

THE LAST BIRDING OF FEBRUARY

Our group from my birding class at North Mountain Nature Center had a day of clouds and great birding.  Last night’s rain had moved east and left us with puddles but no precip.  Birds were hungry and some were even in a nesting mood.  We saw over 40 species during the day.  Nesting Great Horned Owl-check.  Nesting Great Blue Heron-check. Dipper pair nest-building in Lithia Park-check.  White-throated Sparrow at North Mountain-check. Crows chasing Raven-check.  Crows chasing Cooper’s Hawk-check.  Screech-Owl asleep in his box-check. Lesser Goldfinch in bold spring colors-check. Shoveler and Green-winged Teal in breeding plumage.  A gang of Lewis’s Woodpeckers fly-catching and iridescent in the sun.  A White-tailed Kite hunting a hillside at Emigrant Lake.  Black Phoebe hawking gnats over Ashland Pond.  Flickers in spring plumage including one with yellowish underwings.

P2340149 (1280x960) P2340153 (1280x960) P2340180 (1280x960) P2340169 (1280x960) P2340158 (1280x960)Wow, we actually have snow in the Cascades.  Not a usual sight around here during this warm winter. High today: 54 degrees F.

CLICK HERE TO SEE TODAY’S DIPPER NEST-BUILDING GALLERY.

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 28, 2015 8:00 AM – 9:20 AM.  23 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  10
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  8
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  3
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)  X     HEARD ONLY
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  25
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  50
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  30
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  20

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 28, 2015 10:20 AM – 11:05 AM. 19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  8
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  12
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  X

Lithia Park, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 28, 2015 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM. 4 species

Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii)  1
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)  2     NEST BUILDING UNDER BRIDGE #3
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X

Howard Prairie Circuit, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 28, 2015 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
6 species

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     on nest along Hwy 66 near Oak Knoll Golf Course
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  1     female on nest
Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)  6     Hwy 66, milepost 10
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X     singing at MP 10 on Hwy 66

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Feb 28, 2015 11:50 AM – 1:20 PM. 15 species
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)  1     hunting at southeast end of lake, east of Rosebud Lane
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6

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