Posted by: atowhee | April 2, 2015

THE EVENING CHORUS

And the afternoon waned, bird song continued at Ashland Pond.  Purple Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Wrentit, Red-winged Blackbird, singers one and all. Up along the Pioneer Trail, birds were absent but wildflowers were the order of the day.MADR FLKWR3 (1280x960) M-EARS CU (1280x960) P2380751 (1280x960)Flowers above: Pacific madrone, mule’s ear, pussy ear.  Other flowers now include the soft fuzzy yellow of the bigleaf maple, the rich yellow of buttercups and dandelions, the soft pink of Ithuriel’s spear, the royal hue of larpsur’s little trumpets, the rich upright stalks of the hound’s tongue purple.  Tiny white spots dot the miniature groves of miner’s lettuce and woodland star has joined the parade of spring flowers.

This visitor brought a hush to our garden this afternoon:COOP6 (1280x960) COOP7 (1280x960) COOP8 (1280x960)Up at bridge #3 in Lithia Park one of the Dippers nesting there was resting there. Perched on a mid-stream boulder, just loafing.  The blinking bird was motionless except occasionally turning its head.  The whole time the lubricating membranes kept closing and opening over both eyes.  The white flash of that membrane was like a tiny pen light sending nonsensical Morse code messages from the dark face out into the world.  I was the only other pair of eyes there to receive those messages.DDPR ON ROK2 (1280x960) DPPR BLNK1 (1280x960) DPPR BLNK2 (1280x960) DPPR BLNK3 (1280x960) DPPR BLNK4 (1280x960) DPPR BLNK5 (1280x960) DPPR ON ROK (1280x960) DPPR STND (1280x960)

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Apr 2, 2015 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM.  29 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  50
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  20
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  X

Lesser Goldfinch
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  X

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