- Sep 14, 2007We've had a gathering of a dozen Yellow-shafted Northern Flickers at
the farm this past week along with 20 or so American Robins. A
Yellow-rumped Warbler is still drinking from the oriole feeder and
the Downy Woodpecker is as well. The warbler is quite tame when
we're watching it. White-crowned Sparrows have now appeared. We
still have lots of Mourning Doves but they'll be surprised at their
bird-bath drink this morning...need a chissel on the ice. We've seen
Palm Warblers and others that we can't ID.
We've been up and gone by 7:00 a.m. to daily babysit in Regina a few
days this week so garden chores were done around 5:30 a.m. three
days ago. The Rock Pigeons were out and about at that early time.
You did wait for a chilly garden gathering Guy!! :-)
The Swainson's Hawk data from Jared was really interesting as Elma
McCormick phoned the other day that she saw a Swainson's Hawk on the
street along Railway Avenue in Weyburn. A guy was approaching it so
she stopped to see what was going on. Then another van stopped. When
the guy got quite close the hawk flew up onto the van roof.
Meanwhile the conservation officer had been phoned and came along
and took the Swainson's. At this time I'd like to thank Jared for
making our summer so especially interesting with his e-mails and
Sanders updates and all the belly laughs. Just like when Jim reports
on your experiences together, total fun. We appreciated you from the
first time you enthusiastically came to our place. I remember Bob
gave us a good report on you. You have so many dedicated friends and
we know you have a lot of background support from those who work or
bird with you..we enjoyed your co-announcing on birdline!! There are
many special people on this birding forum who modestly go about
doing their thing. We are thankful for the younger people who are so
involved to carry on. We really enjoy taking part or hearing about
what goes on from all of you. We look forward to the postings of all
the great photos and stories of outings and backyard sightings from
everyone. We enjoy all the friendships garnished through bird
watching. Just felt a little blubbery this morning.
So, we still have a Rough-legged Hawk in the area but yesterday
was 'cool' with four Swainson's Hawks sitting on the fence posts
that surround the open-pit nuisance ground just down the road from
our place. A Merlin hangs around the yard. Our Bohemian Waxwing
really jumps in alarm about his cage at times and we're thinking
it's because a hawk or the merlin has gone by. By the way, he has
now become a connoisseur of almost every type of food....whatever is
on our plate he'll run over, take a piece off and devour it but
blueberries, bananas and orange slices are his mainstay.
Enough....heading in to work.
Val T - McTaggart
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