Posted by: atowhee | June 28, 2015

THE FAMILY TIME

A small group of birding friends gathered this morning and we went to North Mountain Park long after the dawn chorus.  The heat and humidity had settled in.  But we encountered families of Western Wood-Pewees, young Bullock’s Orioles, young Lesser Goldfinches and Robins carrying food to a nest unseen.  Later at Ashland Pond there were several ducklings both of Mallard and Wood persuasion, and a fuzzy young fledgling Scrub-Jay.  And this seems to be a high point for the local dragonfly population. D-FLYY DMSLBIGFROGThe park gardeners (volunteers) have planted many milkweed plants.  We did see a single monarch butterfly among the many swallowtails. MILKWEEDThe local sapsucker was back on his drumming post in front of our house this morning…early. RB DRUMMR RB DRUMMR2 RB DRUMMR3 RB DRUMMR4 SOOTFLY ST FLTTR ST FLTTR2This swallowtail was one of many enjoying the California buckeye trees in bloom at North Mountain. ST FLTTR3 ST FLWR1 ST FLWR2 ST FLWR3 ST FLWR4North Mountain Park, Jackson, Oregon.   Jun 28, 2015 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM.  25 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  3
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  3
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  12

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