Posted by: atowhee | May 19, 2015

ONE FOR THE HOME TEAM

Our OLLI bird class field trip was on the edge of the rain-soaked playing fields at North Mountain Park this morning when we saw a major score by the home team.  It was a Cooper’s Hawk on the wet grass tightening his grip on a Starling.  Soon the hawk flew off to its nest along Bear Creek, deposited the starling there and then returned to sit in front of us on a dead treetop to try and straighten and eventually dry its feathers.wet coopYou can see the wet, unruly feathers pooched out from this normally sleek bird’s surface.

The rain and bad light made photos almost worthless but I like this one for its clear profile outline, notched tail, straight-edged beak.  Purple Finch.pufi profilCedar Waxwings were abundant with several flocks passing overhead.

North Mountain Park, Jackson, US-OR
May 19, 2015 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  26 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     caught Starling, carried it to nest
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1     carrying food to nest hole
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  100
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  40
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  3

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