Recent arrivals on Middle Ridge, Albion, elevation 400 ft, 3/4 mile east
of Highway 1:
March 30: First 3008 sighting of a Violet-Green Swallow, checking out
potential nest sites in a dead redwood snag.
March 28: First 2008 sighting of (male) American Goldfinch on thistle sock.
March 30: After disappearing for over a week, the Acorn Woodpeckers are
April 1: Eurasian Collared Dove in front yard.
In the last week or so we have had a big influx of Allen's Hummingbirds,
perhaps two dozen or so around the house. Males are displaying
everywhere. No Rufous yet.
Now for the question: Janet in Anchor Bay reported Pine Siskins arriving
on March 27 - but we have had a small flock of PS here pretty much all
winter. Are they generally resident here, or was this unusual? They
seem to have mostly moved on recently. We had a Purple (?) Finch as
well, around the same date, but it didn't stay.
> For Bob, the date is 3/27!
> Yesterday a huge group of Pine Siskins arrived. At one point over
> thirty of them were clinging to our thistle feeder. Another visitor
> arrived to join the noisy party - a male Purple Finch.