Yesterday afternoon we had a adult male Calliope at
our Nucla feeders. All four species are present with
BCHU and RUHU the most common.
While birding in Durango on the 11th we had a few
hours visiting with Susan Allerton and Jim Beatty. We
saw many Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds at the
Fishers. Susan and Jim said the Rufous had been
present for several days. The Calliopes had also been
present for a few days. It seems to me these fall
migrating hummingbirds show up at higher elevation
first and move down into the valleys later. That could
explain why Larry Arnold was at then end of the Rufous
pipeline. Grand Jct is at the lowest elevation.
Another hummingbird behavior modification was noted at
the feeders. It seemed all five species of hummers
were feeding without conflict. There are five feeders,
all closely grouped and no way could a dominate hummer
defend a feeder against the hoards. Vic Zerbi
suggested this as a strategy a few years ago and it
sure works. This may be the prefect environment in
which to attract a rare hummer.
On Wednesday we again found the Sandhill Cranes in
Paradox Valley. This time the two adults had with them
a single young, half grown. If you recall, one of the
two adults has a missing foot. Montrose County had two
nesting pair of SACR this summer.
News from Nucla,
Coen and Brenda
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