Posted by: atowhee | April 17, 2015

SURPRISES SPRING UP

A bird flew onto a power line near Emigrant Lake. If it had been perched I wouldn’t have slowed down, assuming it to be another bluebird. But in flight I saw the orange flash of the wings–a Townsend’s Solitaire! By the time I could stop and get out of the car it had flown down into the oak grove. There the motion came from a regiment of siskins eating the oak buds. All the while the resident Oak Titmouse was sounding the alarm, wishing the siskins would go back to the conifer forest where they belong.
An evening visit to Ashland Pond produced an unexpected Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. eBid has iver 740 checklists for the pond and no previous report of a gnatcatcher there.

Sadly I also saw the three Wood Ducklings swimming about by themselves. They were acting properly skittish as they skittered along the pond perimeter. But where was mom? Are they now orphans?amwi reflxAbove: Wivgeon at Emigrant Lake. Below: young Great Horned Owlet peeks over edge of nest.

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nfol at owlFlicker checks out owl box. Below Flicker checks out my suet log.

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Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
Apr 17, 2015 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM. 33 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 8
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 60
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 adult sitting on nest
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 5
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 2
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 singing at cemtery
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) 2 at nest box in cemetery
Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 8
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 45
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) 2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 15
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

Ashland Pond, Jackson, US-OR
Apr 17, 2015 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM. 17 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  3     ducklings with no mother visible
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  50
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  3
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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