Black-backed Woodpecker, a Klamath Bird Observatory Note
Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) is said to be “one of the most enigmatic woodpeckers.” I guess, they are not considering the Ivory-billed in their estimation.
These birds can be sighted in the mountains near Ashland. Black-back woodpeckers prefer forested areas that have had fires. For more information and details of these black beauties, go to Klamath Bird Observatory’s biology note.
Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO
These are the very same Screech Owl babies who were ‘disrupting’ the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season.
As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the ‘background’ [thankfully they weren’t miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem.
When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There’s a reason they are called “Screech Owls”!
Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it’s been much quieter in the theater.
This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.
Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory
Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014
Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.
Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.
Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.
Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.
The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of Ashland, Oregon. The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.
Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.
“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”
Dates: June 23rd and 24th, 2012, Tuition: $100
Location: Ashland, OR
Instructor: Pepper Trail
Description: Hone your identification skills and explore the relationships among groups of birds in this lab and field course. On Saturday, join Pepper Trail, Ph.D., for a day in the lab at SOU, where you’ll refresh your taxonomic know-how, look at identifying characteristics, and discuss their ecological significance.
On Sunday, the class will travel to the Klamath Basin, one of the richest birding sites in Oregon, to practice identifying species in the field.
Pepper Trail, PhD has studied bird behavior and conservation around the world with the support of the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other groups. He works as the ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland.
For more information go the Siskiyou Field Institute’s website.
International Migratory Bird Day-Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where: Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
Date: May 5th, 2012
Location: near Crescent City, CA
Instructor: Keith Bensen
2 hikers, Naturalist Certificate
Description: The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. Read More
Date: April 28th, 2012
Location: Crescent City, CA Instructor: Gary Bloomfield
Tuition: $50 Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 12+
Description: This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast.
For more information on this Siskiyou Field Institute class …
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Where: Lower Table Rock
Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway
When: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012