3-hat trick day
- Monday, August 5 was a three hat trick day. (Life, State, County plus
I had the opportunity to go with Don Mitchell to the Greenhorn's where
he banded hummingbirds. This is the only real opportunity to see and
identify Allen's Hummingbirds when they are in the hand. Don caught 18
birds, two Allen's, 2-Calliope, and 14 Rufous.
This gave me the opportunity to get 2-life birds - female Calliope
Hummingbird, and a young male Allen's Hummingbird.
I then went home and was birding my backyard with Les Chibana and a life
female Black-chinned Sparrow came to my guzzler.
Three life birds in one day all within 20 miles of my back door!
Other notables of the day were several White-headed Woodpeckers on the
Greenhorns and 2-Lodgepole Chipmunks. I saw the first migrant Western
Tanager in the South Fork Wildlife area. And my backyard sported its
usual complement birds plus the first migrant Warbling Vireo.
My daily backyard list includes: 2-dozen Band-tailed Pigeons, several
dozen Oak Titmice, 1/2 dozen White-breasted Nuthatch, 2/3 dozen
Black-headed Grosbeak, Anna's and Selasphorus Hummers, 2-3 California
Thrasher, 1/2 dozen California Towhee, 1-dozen California Quail. There
are many more daily visitors.