Posted by: atowhee | May 23, 2015

GOLDEN GREAT AUDUBON

Today was the first day of a three-day Golden Gate Audubon trip into southwestern Oregon’s mountains.  The birders from the Bay Area were able to see nearly 70 species including many of the montane goodies.  We saw both Red-breasted and Williamson’s Sapsuckers in the same wet meadow nesting less than thirty yards apart.  There were two unexpected Common Loons on the remnant of Howard Prairie Reservoir. Neither loon was close enough for photos and neither was yet in full breeding plumage but the neck ring was more pronounced than on winter birds.

Bald Eagle.  Great Gray Owl.  Hermit Warbler & MacGillivray’s (in two locations). A half dozen flycatchers including Olive-sided and Dusky. Both local bluebirds.  Two pairs of rust-colored Sandhill Cranes.  Singing Vesper Sparrow.  All in the southern Cascades east of Ashland.  Here are a few of my personal favorites.DPPR (1280x960)This pale Dipper is on Peter Trueblood’s land upstream from Little Hyatt on Keene Creek.  GT Towhee below along Keno Access Road. GTT (1280x960)  GTT-UPPGTT GOES (1280x960)The Snipe and singing vesper Sparrow were also at Howard Prairie where May is the magic month.SNIPOST1 (1280x960) VESP SINBGS-B (1280x960)

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