Lot of migratory birds returning, or passing through, lately. Western
Bluebirds returned a few days ago, and Barn Swallows; the Violet-Green
Swallows have been staying around since last week. This morning a
couple of flocks of Caspian Terns flew right over me, about 1 mile
inland from the beach (avoiding the wind?), heading north.
Have not seen the Varied Thrush for about a week, and Spotted Towhees
have not been in the yard for a couple of days. Acorn Woodpecker comes
to the suet morning and evening; yesterday I heard the pair of them
calling to each other about 30 yards apart. One was on the standing
redwood snag, the other in the trees - perhaps they were scouting for
Lots of raptor activity as well. A Cooper's Hawk flew through the front
yard, somehow failing to collide with any of the sparrows; the next day
another, smaller bird flew over the house. I would have called it a
Sharp-Shinned but the tail had distinctly rounded corners.
Red-Shouldered Hawks were around last week. A pair of Red-Tailed Hawks
have been coming up Salmon Creek canyon in late morning, when the air
There are eight hummingbirds attempting to drink from the 3-station
feeder on my window as I type this.
Tim on Middle Ridge