Date: 2/22/17 10:31 pm From: Ellen Cantor <ellencantor...> Subject: [obol] North Summit Trail Mt. Pisgah Eugene
Late morning today, fellow Wed. morning birder Tom Cable and I continued on to the North Summit Trail at Mt Pisgah in Eugene the Eugene Wed Birders finished birding the North lower trails at Mt Pisgah.
We were rewarded by increasing sun breaks burning through the earlier morning fog and low clouds, as well as increased bird activity.
A mixed flock was working the lichen in the oak patch just below the North Summit. Here we saw: White-breasted Nuthatch (2) Black-capped Chickadee (5) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1) Golden-crowned Kinglet (2) as well as several Scrub Jays, Steller's Jays, and Robins
Swinging east along the saddle in a sunny, well protected area and into a mixed Big-leafed Maple/Sword fern/Douglas Fir stand we saw: Wrentits (3) very visible and actively feeding in the lower leafy litter of blackberry patches Spotted Towhee (9) Pacific Wren (3) calling and singing Fox Sparrow (3) Song Sparrow (2) Robins N. Flicker (2)
Breaking west out of the wooded saddle into the oak savannah we saw: Western Bluebird (2 male/female pairs) flying and feeding together in the lichen and mistletoe of the scattered oaks. Maybe it was the combination of the soft, filtered sun and fresh plumage, but we were stunned by the intensity of the males' jewel-like blues and orange breasts. What a show!
Kestrel (1) on the top of a little stick of a lone sapling rising out the the grasses
Red-tailed Hawk (2) soaring in tandem
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle 1) feeding in lichen on an oak