From the stoop
- Howdy All...
The first wave of winter visitors arrived this weekend
and what a treat it was.
Saturday morning, I was out on the stoop at 6:30 with
my coffee and binoculars enjoying the show. Among the
8 Wilson's Warblers, 3 Orange-crowned Warblers and 2
Yellow-rumps, the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the
The catlike calls alerted me to the presence of a
Warbling Vireo who gave me some excellent looks.
The appearance of a pair of very agitated Robins
alerted me to the arrival of a little Merlin who
paused for a few minutes atop the pinetree on the
White-crowned Sparrows were everywhere! Their songs
and calls seemed to be coming out of every bush and
tree in the neighborhood. But only 4 were brave enough
to visit my feeders.
On the way home for an afternoon outing, less than a
block from our house, I heard the calls of an Acorn
Sunday, the birds had thinned out a little but the
activity around the garden was very interesting.
The Scrub Jay clans all gathered in the corner pine
and had some kind of meeting. There were 6 in this one
tree and at least 3 more pairs very close by including
After the Jays had their meeting, the Crows showed up
for theirs. 5 perched in the pine and noisily
discussed something of extreme importance.
Later, I spied a familiar silhouette against the
trunk, tapping away. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was
drilling holes with patient precision. It returned a
few minutes later, and I could see him sampling the
sap collecting in the freshly drilled holes.
Later that afternoon, I saw one of my resident Scrub
Jays on the neighbor's roof. He was stuffing sunflower
seeds under the shingles!
Kris "Aves" McNew
Fresno, CA 93728
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