Posted by: atowhee | May 21, 2015


Gen-teal, as in GENuine TEAL. Blue-winged at that, not the much more expected Green-winged variety.  There are some Blue-wings breeding in Klamath and marshy areas on the other side of the Cascades. There breeding status here in Jackson County stands at “maybe.”BW FACING (1280x960) BW HEADING (1280x960) BW MALES BW PREENZ (1280x960) BWTRIO (1280x960) BWTRIO2 (1280x960) BWTRIUMF (1280x960) BWTWO (1280x960)These two drakes and the female were in the thumb of water that is next to the road atop a berm that leads to the pioneer cemetery from Hwy 66 on the west side of Emigrant Lake.

There are 1270 species recorded for the lake on eBird, but NO PREVIOUS RECORD FOR BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

I personally have recorded via eBird 228 species (previously) somewhere in Jackson County.  This teal will make 229 even though I have previously seen 26 waterfowl species, including Trumpeter Swans.  These easterly ducks are just not found often in the Rogue Valley.  But this year Em Lake is higher than last and has flooded some temporary grasslands that developed on the formerly drought-exposed lakebed…perhaps this is the habitat BWT prefer…and just maybe…

Emigrant Lake, Jackson, US-OR
May 21, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Comments:     drizzle, no wind
27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  60     dozen goslings
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  3     county lifer for me, rarity in Jackson County
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     in pioneer cemetery newly mown
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  4
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)  1
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  2
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  40
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  3
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  6
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  6


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