Jo Co last weekend (10/29-30/2011)

I found myself in Josephine Co last weekend to work on my county list. Highlights included a Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Ospreys and a Bald Eagle at Lake Selmac, Greater White-fronted Geese along Lower River Rd, my county bird Oak Titmouse behind the Merlin Rest Area and Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak and a CASSIN’S FINCH at the Rock Garden on King Mtn.

This Striped Meadowhawk (at least I think what this is) has a remarkeably white face, but one can clearly see the thoracic stripes.

Here the King Mtn Cassin’s Finch.

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Ok, one more AZ trip (10/14-16/2011)

A delightful trip to AZ last weekend yielded somewhat few specialities, but was nevertheless very productive with a few year and state birds. Highlights were many Least Grebes at Pena Blanca Lake, quite a few Chestnut-collared Longspurs and a nice Baird’s Sparrow at the San Rafael Grasslands and an Indigo Bunting at the Paton’s (which isn’t all that special; anyway …). It was great to finally get decent pictures of Lark Bunting. A doe and fawn Coues White-tailed Deer were at the Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve in Patagonia.

This Cassin’s Kingbird was waiting for us at the Tubac parking area.

This young male Indigo Bunting was in the Paton’s yard.

These 2 Lark Buntings were in the San Rafael Valley. Look at those claws and the huge bill!

The Verdin is one of the cutest little birds of the Southwest. Quite common, but I always enjoy seeing them.

Not really sharp at all, but always a treat when grebes carry their young on their backs.

The Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve had quite a few odonates hunting over the creek. Both Springwater Dancer and Flame Skimmer are really common.

 
Species list (total of 94):
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Least Grebe (Pena Blanca Lake, several calling adults, many babies)
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture (Pena Blanca Lake, Patagonia)
Turkey Vulture
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Rio Rico)
Gadwall
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
American Coot
sandpiper sp (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Paton’s)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker (many at Pena Blanca Lake)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 at Pena Blanca Lake)
Black Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Curve-billed Thrasher
European Starling
Phainopepla
American Pipit (San Rafael Valley)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler (Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler (Harshaw Canyon Rd)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Green-tailed Towhee (several places)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Pena Blanca Lake)
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting (2 in San Rafael Valley)
Savannah Sparrow (many at Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Baird’s Sparrow (1-2 in San Rafael Valley)
Grasshopper Sparrow (only 1 in San Rafael Valley)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chestnut-collared Longspur (about 12 at Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia (1 at Tubac)
Blue Grosbeak (1 at Tubac)
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting (1 immature male at the Patons)
Varied Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Another SE AZ trip (09/02-05/11)

A female Black Setwing below.

This set of Black-capped Gnatcatchers is from Montosa Canyon. One of the adults was tail-less.

 

A Dickcissel popped up for us at Kino Springs.

An agitated Cactus Wren was calling from at the Desert Museum near Tucson.

This Lucifer Hummingbird was only second fiddle on this lucky day at the Ash Canyon B&B.

The star of the show was a Plain-capped Starthroat, also at the Ash Canyon B&B.

Finally, a Western Kingbird and a Yellow-eyed Junco.

Some pictures from various locations, OR (mid October 2010)

This Townsend’s Warbler was at UJ Hamby Park in Hillsboro on 10/19/2010.

Just a few yards further, I was able to snap a shot of this Striped Meadowhawk.

An adult with a young Greater White-fronted Goose were floating down the Ecola River in downtown Cannon Beach on October 17.

This gull was in the roost at the beach on the north side of the Ecola River in Cannon Beach the same day. Can you id it?

This Chestnut-backed Chickadee came really close near the top of Hood River Mountain on October 16.

Another Striped Meadowhawk (with no apparent stripes) was at Emma Jones Nature Preserve on October 18.  Thanks to Jim Johnson for confirming the id on both bugs shown here.

A quick weekend trip to AZ (08/13-08/15/2010)

Summary:

-Highlights: Many Buff-breasted Flycatchers, singing sparrow and a bobcat on the way up Carr Canyon

-Lowlights: Missing Olive Warbler, again

Approximate trip flow:

– Sat: Madera Cyn (sparrows, Kubo, Vault Mine, Proctor Rd), De Anza trail in Tubac, Rio Rico ponds, Pena Blanca Lake, Kino Springs, Patagonia Roadside Area, Patagonia Lake State Park, Paton’s, Cienegas – Sonoita
– Sun: Carr Canyon, Miller Canyon, San Pedro House

Species list (total of 110)

Duck sp (likely Mallard)
Gambel’s Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Gray Hawk (1 at De Anza trail in Tubac, 1 en route to Pena Blanca Lake)
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Kino Springs)
Greater Roadrunner (Miller Cyn turnoff)
Common Nighthawk
Broad-billed Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird (Beatty’s)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Madera Kubo and Beatty’s)
Magnificent Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Elegant Trogon (Vault Mine trail)
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Greater Pewee (Reef CG)
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Buff-breasted Flycatcher (several at Carr Canyon)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Kino Springs)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Kubo and Vault Mine trail)
Cassin’s Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Thick-billed Kingbird (Patagonia Rest Stop)
Western Kingbird
Bell’s Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Verdin (Patagonia Lake SP)
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Gnatcatcher sp (Old Sawmill trail in Carr Cyn)
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kino Springs)
European Starling
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Virginia’s Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Lucy’s Warbler (De Anza trail in Tubac)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (many at Carr Cyn)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Painted Redstart (many at various locations)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Abert’s Towhee (San Pedro House)
Rufous-winged Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Cienega)
Botteri’s Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Black-throated Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Song Sparrow
Yellow-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Varied Bunting
Hepatic Tanager (Carr Cyn)
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark (lilinanae) (Cienega)
Great-tailed Grackle
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Plumbeous Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Verdin (Patagonia Lake SP)
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Gnatcatcher sp (Old Sawmill trail in Carr Cyn)
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kino Springs)
European Starling
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Virginia’s Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Lucy’s Warbler (De Anza trail in Tubac)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (many at Carr Cyn)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Painted Redstart (many at various locations)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Abert’s Towhee (San Pedro House)
Rufous-winged Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Cienega)
Botteri’s Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Black-throated Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Song Sparrow
Yellow-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Varied Bunting
Hepatic Tanager (Carr Cyn)
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark (lilinanae) (Cienega)
Great-tailed Grackle
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

The odonates of Emma Jones Natural Preserve in Hillsboro, OR (08/04/10, part2)

Here some more species of varying quality from Emma Jones. Again, I am a beginner with odonates and therefore not sure about some of the identifications.

Black Saddlebags

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Don’t really know what this is, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a Western Pondhawk. On the other hand, the color combinations would fall right in between female and male.

If this is indeed a Blue Dasher, shouldn’t the thorax show some striping?

Female Western Pondhawk

Male Western Pondhawk