Re: [BirdYak] latest gnatcatcher news
- Blue Gray gnatcatcher is cool.
I am dismayed that the vegetation is beat down around the nest. This means
that many of our bird watcher friends are using bad ethics that may be
leading to true disturbance or harassment of some birds. We should be
careful out there not to disturb nesting birds. If you know where a nest
is that you could look into, try to be satisfied without looking, or only
look once, and fast.
Just a thought.
> From: Denny Granstrand <osprey@...>Gnatcatcher
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> Subject: [BirdYak] latest gnatcatcher news
> Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 8:24 PM
> Hi Yakkers,
> Richard Repp and I both visited Hardy Canyon and the Blue-gray
> today. I was there for almost two hours. During that time I saw theBGGN
> many times. I am convinced there is only one gnatcatcher, a male, there.beaten
> The nest is in a Three-tip Sagebrush that does have yellow blossoms.
> Richard noticed that the vegetation around that bush is considerably
> down from people trying to get a look at the nest. I suppose that wouldbe
> a problem is there was a nesting pair. Perhaps it would be advisable toarea.
> stay 30-40 feet away from that bush just in case there is a female in the
> The gnatcatcher is a totally uncooperative bird for photographing with my
> technique - shooting through my scope. Shortly after I decided the only
> to get a photo would be to focus on one branch and wait for it to landthe
> there, I noticed that on two consecutive visits, it perched on the same
> branch just above the nest. So I focused my scope there, attached the
> camera, and waited. Fifteen minutes later, the gnatcatcher perched on
> branch and had its picture taken. Unfortunately, the wind was blowingand
> the photo is a little blurry. But it gives me hope for the future.the
> In a forty minute time span while I was there, the gnatcatcher visited
> nest nine times. Richard saw it bringing more stuff to add to the nest..other
> He (Richard) tied two pieces of blue twine to the bush the nest in. One
> foot-long piece is on the side of the bush opposite the nest and the
> is tightly wound around a branch about 18 inches above the nest.
> Denny Granstrand
> Yakima, WA
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