- It's been such a quiet spring until now.
I saw two Townsend's Warblers on Friday afternoon and another one
today. The one today distracted me from a pair of Flickers who were
behaving most interestingly - a stop and start chase followed by both
birds sitting on a bridge railing about 12 feet apart, both with tails
spread, not facing each other. The female looked about a third again as
big as the male - I guess she was all fluffed up - and she bobbed and
swung her head repeatedly. I was hoping to see a mating, but then the
Townsend's Warbler distracted me and when I looked back the Flickers
were gone. The Birders Handbook says that large Flicker clutches
usually represent the eggs of two females. There can be up to 12 eggs,
but 5-8 is normal. Not sure if 5-8 represents one female or two.
If anyone finds a Ruby-crowned Kinglet nest I'd love to be told about
it. Birder's Handbook says they're in conifers at 15-30 feet.
I'm actually interested in nests in general....