Baby Hermit Warbler, Mountain Chickadee, and Williamson's Sapsucker
- On the morning of Saturday, July 2, I observed a Hermit Warbler
feeding a newly fledged juvenile near the Sunset Boat Launch on the
Union Reservoir in Eldorado National Forest. It must have been just
fledged, because the tail feathers had not fully grown in. I think
this may be of some significance, because according to the bird list
I obtained at the nearby Forest Service information office, this
species is not a confirmed breeder in Eldorado NF.
It was a good weekend for me for finding baby birds. Besides the
fledging Hermit Warbler at the Union Reservoir, on the morning of
July 2 I found the nest of a Mountain Chickadee at the bottom of a
fence post along the Lake of the Sky Trail at Taylor Creek on Lake
Tahoe. I saw two adult chickadees entering a hole at the bottom of
the post with beaks full of insects and heard the begging of chicks.
In the afternoon of the same day, I found the nest of a pair of
Williamson's Sapsuckers along a trail at Carson Pass. I saw the male
foraging and then entering a hole in a large dead tree as the female
left and heard the sound of chicks inside.
San Mateo, CA