- Monday, 4/17/2006 - This morning we had a pair of flycatchers perching
on the power lines crossing the open meadow near the end of Middle
Ridge, Albion. They were newcomers, and from size and habits I thought
they might be Kingbirds; but they were a little small, and when I
(briefly) got the scope on them, there was no sign of yellow underneath
- instead, a dull rufous colour. They were very active, constantly
flying down to the ground and then back up to the wires, so it was
difficult to get a good look; and they were too far for the binoculars.
Soon they wandered off to the north, and I did not see them again.
Pretty sure they were Say's Phoebes. Does that sound right?
Also today was the first day this year that I have heard the
Red-shouldered Hawk yelping high overhead, and an Acorn Woodpecker came
to the suet feeder - the first one I have ever seen on this property (no
oaks here!) - elbowing his way through a cloud of Stellar's and Scrub
Hurray for Spring at last!
Middle Ridge, Albion
- This is embarrassing: Those weren't Say's Phoebes after all, but
Western Bluebirds. They showed up again today, but this time I was
ready and not only got the scope on them, I got the camera on the
scope. The photos clearly show the distinctive pattern of chestnut on
the breast and sides, and also reveal the blue back that I couldn't make
out by eye (although it's pretty subtle). Apparently the backlighting
fooled my eye, and the one bird I got a glimpse of in the scope
yesterday was the female... when I saw the male today, with his bright
chestnut breast, it was a smack-to-the-forehead moment. D'oh!
I'll just go sit in the corner for a while now.
- Sunday 2 November 2008. I had 3 White-throated Sparrows today (late
morning)at the Little River Airport. They were in a mixed sparrow flock
of mainly Golden-crowned Sparrows. There were 2 white-striped and 1 tan-
striped. The most I've ever seen at once has been one.
- Mon, 03 Nov 2008 -- I also had three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at my feeders
here in Potter Valley today. This is an unusual concentration here. One was
white-striped and two were tan-striped.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
> From: "richhubie" <richhubie@...>
> Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 02:40:54 -0000
> To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Mendobirds] White-throated Sparrows
> Sunday 2 November 2008. I had 3 White-throated Sparrows today (late
> morning)at the Little River Airport. They were in a mixed sparrow flock
> of mainly Golden-crowned Sparrows. There were 2 white-striped and 1 tan-
> striped. The most I've ever seen at once has been one.
> Richard Hubacek
- Mon, 28 Feb 2011 -- Today I confirmed what I have been suspecting for some
time : there are at least _four_ White-throated Sparrows coming to my
feeders here in Potter Valley. Today I had three tan-stripes in view at
once, and I got to compare fine points of their plumage. There is also a
white-stripe, and I suspect that there may be more than one of them.
I used to think of White-throated Sparrows as being irregular and rare
here; now I think of them as regular and fairly common.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
- Tue Apr 5, 2011---Back on November 23, 2010, I posted that I had at least 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at my feeders here in Little River. Today there are still at least 2 present. I have been able to look over the birds at my feeders and find anywhere from 4 to 2 White-throated Sparrows present during that period of time. In the past they have shown-up for no more then a week and then leave. Will be listening for their song.