Two young girls were playing at the water's edge, and two adults were walking dogs (the dogs were in and out of the water).
Still, we saw a female WOOD DUCK with good-sized ducklings, and a mama MALLARD with tiny ones.
There were ACORN WOODPECKERS in the same place as last fall, but they were less willing to pose for photos.
An unknown snake was sunning himself on a manhole cover in the alley that leads to the pond.
Next stop was the North Mountain Nature Center, a large complex with a beautiful nature preserve as well as a sports complex and playground. The preserve was full of bird activity...
But we found plenty of wildlife in the sports complex...
|Western Wood Pewee|
We had a few new Ashland spots we wanted to try, so from there we headed to Oredson Todd Woods. We followed the instructions in the Birding Oregon guide - the asphalt road (Park Street) that you have to walk is a steep grade, one that we couldn't do. (If you go, we recommend that you follow Google Maps instead and park at the south end off Lupine Drive).We walked on a dirt trail next to the road, but discovered after we got to the top we had been on private property.
|View from the trail|
We saw very few birds, but that may have been because we didn't venture far on the trail.
The gorgeous views and a beautiful LAZULI BUNTING made the walk worthwhile.
Last stop of the day was Emigrant Lake - we took the scenic route, winding down Old Siskiyou Highway - a stop at a pullout yielded a PILEATED WOODPECKER. At Emigrant Lake, we drove around the lake, made a few stops, but the holiday weekend and beautiful weather had brought out lots of people! Our best bird was actually a couple of baby EUROPEAN STARLINGS poking their heads out of a tree.
Stay tuned for Day 3, travelling to Klamath Basin...