Rogue Valley Audubon Society
A Voice for Conservation and Education in the Natural World
Rogue Valley Birds Listserv

Rogue Valley Birds is managed by the Rogue Valley Audubon Society for bird
sightings, bird related discussion, ID questions, and information about birding
in the Rogue Valley and surrounding regions including the Cascade and
Siskiyou mountains in Southern Oregon.

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Long-eared Owl
Rarely seen in Jackson County and even less often photographed, the Long-eared Owl is smaller than
the similarly-marked Great Horned Owl.  This bird was a brief visitor January 21 to the Ousterhout Farm
in Eagle Point where it was spotted by Bob and Gretchen Hunter.  
Thanks to Jim Livaudais for this cool photo.  
Northern Pygmy-Owl
And here's the more common but no less fascinating Northern Pgymy-Owl.  This
recent visitor to the yard of George and Sally Peterson in southern Ashland was
looking at George and his camera (left) and then looking away (right).  The dark nape
spots--"false eyes" to some--are clearly visible in the right photo.    
Pine Grosbeak
Suddenly, we have Pine Grosbeaks.  And they're getting closer.  Several were seen in the Sky Lakes Wilderness
last August. Then one was spotted near Huckleberry Campground outside of Prospect Dec. 7.  And now there are
several of these large members of the Finch family being seen on Mount Ashland.  First reported Jan. 24 by Norm
Barrett and Jim Livaudais, they have since been seen by many birders and were still on Mount Ashland at least
through Jan. 28.  Thanks to Jim for these two photos of a female Pine Grosbeak.         
Classification Note:  Although the appearance and common name of this species might
incline one to associate them closely with Evening and Black-headed Grosbeaks, they
represent a different genus (Pinicola) than the Evening Grosbeak and are in a different
family (Fringillidae) than the Black-headed Grosbeak.  They are most closely related to the
Bullfinches, a genus that includes one species (Eurasian Bullfinch) on the most recent
ABA checklist.  Some classifiers recognize the Crimson-browed Finch, found in Bhutan,
China, India, Myanmar and Nepal, as belonging to the same genus as the Pine Grosbeak.