7264Re: [CALBIRDS] Finding Calliope Hummingbird?
- Jun 2, 2008In light of this message, I couldn't resist posting
yesterday's sighting... while waiting for one of our
BAMS (Bay Area Mycological Society) members to return
from the field, along the Southern flank of Mt.
Shasta, my friend Larry Stickney was leaning up
against a rock, wearing a sweatshirt with several
colorful amanita mushrooms on it. Up buzzed a Calliope
hummingbird, who attempted to "drink" from the bright
scarlet amanita muscaria so depicted! Perhaps it was
just a foolish fledge. At any rate, all I saw was the
fat bumblebee sized bird zipping off, but my friend
Larry looked it in the eye!
BTW, the town and store in mountain hummingbird
country is called Bassetts, the time is now. The SFSU
Field Station, along Hwy. 49, also has a hummingbird
feeder outside the porch of its dining hall, where the
calliope frequently perch to feed. Ask Jim Steele,
Station director, for permission to check it out.
Dippers often nest under the bridge leading onto
campus as well.
ps this location is a bit north of Tahoe, but very
much worth it, in terms of bird quality and quantity.
Again, ask Jim Steel for directions to the Sierraville
Marsh to the East, another birding hotspot. Other
members of this list may also be able to give you good
directions to this uniquely beautiful and bountifully
birdy, hi-elevation freshwater marsh.
--- sblauman1 <sblauman1@...> wrote:
> Hi Birders,
> Can anyone tell me of a reliable location to find
> Calliope Hummingbird
> and the best dates? I am hoping for a location from
> Lake Tahoe south to
> and including Yosemite.
> Thank you,
> Sara Blauman
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