Green-tailed Towhees

May 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I birded a large open meadow 3 miles west of Black Butte Ranch yesterday afternoon where I hit the jackpot on one of my target species, the Green-tailed Towhee. I also had great looks at a nesting pair of Williamson's Sapsucker, 3 sets of Lewis's Woodpecker that I followed around for over an hour hoping they would lead me to a nest, but they did not, and a small accipiter successfully taking prey. My first thought was Sharp-shinned Hawk, but the rounded tail feathers and lighter-colored nape visible in the picture have me believing it is more probably an adult male Cooper's Hawk. The meadow area is thick with Mountain Bluebird which I never get tired of watching.   

Interactive map of the 165 acre area I refer to as That Place:

The area below is where I saw three male Green-tailed Towhee sitting up, singing on (adjacent) territories, and heard but did not locate several others:

Green-tailed Towhee:

Lawyer's Wig (coprinus comatus) - I should have harvested these beauties:

Cooper's Hawk flying by with prey - I think Junco:

Mountain Bluebird:

Williamson's Sapsucker on nest:

Lewis's Woodpecker:

Townsend's Solitaire:

White-crowned Sparrow:

 


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