- This past Saturday 6/26 we were walking along the Eel River in Mendo county just over the hill from Potter Valley when we saw a beautiful yellow bird with a red head. Looked it up in our book and it sounds like a Western Tanager.
- Hi all,
Sorry to be a little late with this report, but I saw and photographed a
Western Tanager along the "Enchanted Trail" that goes to Virgin Creek Beach
on Friday around noon.
This trail is usually worth checking. It is north of the Three Rivers school
north of Fort Bragg and is identified by a pullout on the west side of the
road with a pile of gravel and a small State Park Sign. If you are walking
to Virgin Creek, this is a good trail to take.
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- Yesterday I saw a Western Tanager eating figs out of my fig tree. This is the 3rd time I have seen one in the fig tree in about the last 2 weeks. I think it may be the same bird hanging around. It is kind of shy and elusive.
Other things of note: I had 55 Pine Siskins (record for my yard) at my feeders yesterday and a flock of about 20 Wild Turkeys that has been here for about three days.
- I thought I saw one yesterday, so I looked for it today and verified a bright female Western Tanager eating my figs. I think it might be the same one that I had last year. Unfortunately, for Christy & I, there is lots of competition from Starlings and Jays.
Something else that has showed up are the Band-tailed Pigeons, which always start coming to the feeders when the rains start. And yesterday there were 8 and today 10 Eurasian-collared Doves. I have never had more than a couple.
Rogina Heights, Ukiah
- Just before 4:30 this Monday afternoon I heard 'pit-er-nick' coming from the valley oak above me next to my house on W. Standley St. Ukiah. The Western Tanager soon flew off. If it becomes a common visitor I will let everyone know.