Date: 1/11/19 7:57 am From: Harry Fuller <atowhee...> Subject: [obol] Re: Nice January walk in California? No, Polk County, Oregon
Other birds coming up from the south: Great-tailed Grackle now nest in Jackson County as do Mockingbirds and White-tailed Kites. The California Towhee, Wrentit and Oak Titmouse are well-established there as well as breeding BG Gnatcatchers...I suspect many of these species move up the coast first and then follow rivers inland...not coming over the 4300 foot high Siskiyou Pass...but once in the Rogue or Umpqua or Willamette Valley they should thrive. Nuttall's may have a harder time because it is highly dependent on oaks and cottonwoods, not common along the coast or in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties on the northern Cal border. THere is some suspicion but no proof yet that Cak Thrashers are also breeding in Jackson County. I am currently working on an update to a federal publication of 1975, Birds of Jackson County...two major trends stand out: 1) we know a hell of a lot more about birds there now (i.e. where the Great Grays and Spotted Owls nest), 2) several species have moved north and gotten established...I've seen Red-shouldered Hawks as high as 4500' elevation...Anna's Hummingbird in 1975 was considered a rare summer visitor, now males stay year round along with s few females who don't migrate out. In 1975 there had been no record of even a sighting of Red-shoulder or kite in Jackson County!
On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 5:21 AM <clearwater...> wrote:
> Hi all, > > Yesterday afternoon I was out for a stroll through vineyards and and oak > woods on a small winery between Dallas and Monmouth, in sunshine and > pleasant 50 F temperatures. > > A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was sneaking around the woods along a small creek. > > A BLACK PHOEBE was chirping and catching insects around the barn. > > I heard ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS grinding away at their song, at three > different spots along the walk. > > Two or three decades ago, all three of these species were more associated > with northern California and the southwest corner of Oregon. Now they are > part of our regular local avifauna in the mid-Willamette Valley. > > Turkey Vultures have also become a frequent though still uncommon sight on > warm, sunny days in winter, and Acorn Woodpeckers colonies are widespread. > We're still missing Nuttall's Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, and California > Towhee, at least for the time being. > > -- > Joel Geier > Camp Adair area north of Corvallis >