Spring yard birds.
There are about a dozen Lincoln's Sparrows and several Song Sparrows along
our dry irrigation ditch this morning.
Monday and Tuesday there were 5 Western Bluebirds in the adjoining "orchard
of weeds." These were the first W. Bluebirds I've seen here. Also a
Townsend's Solitaire was flycatching in the yard.
Wednesday evening between 6:30 and 7:15 Ron and I watched a steady wave of
Robins flying south over Konnowac Pass. BIG flocks. I would estimate 200,000
very conservatively. Believe it or not, even Ron was very impressed and
watched them until the show was over.
No blackbirds of any kind here in the last couple days.
That's all for now.
I believe I'm going to have to send my computer monitor in for repairs. Can
anyone recommend a quality shop with reasonable rates?
Even after I cleaned the glass (twice), it still appeared that Debie was
claiming two hundred thousand (mercy be) American Robins in a prolonged
flight. I'm not sure I've seen that many Robins in my life...and I ain't no
kid. You could say my generation is a little long in the tooth but lots of
folks my age are gumming their food.
The part about them flying south did ring a bell from my working days at the
Cowiche Post Office. Upon arrival around 7:30 AM, one of my first tasks was
to raise the flag. Around this time of year that is close to first daylight,
and staring beyond the top of the pole, I would note loose flocks of Robins
headed along the same NW corridor that aircraft would be taking in the
direction of the Y above Naches. Then again in the evening around 5:30 PM
when I lowered the flag in twilight, I would note loose Robin flocks pumping
hard going in the exact opposite direction. I assumed they were returning to
the valley to roost but was never sure if they were just foraging higher up
during the day or if they were scouting breeding territories. As cold
evening winds seem to be the norm in Cowiche during Feb and Mar, my second
theory was that they were full of vinegar in the morning but kept finding the
higher elevations just too cold for their buns around sunset.