Buff-bellied & Bluebird Fight
- After being banded early Sat. am 10-31, I did not see the Buff-
bellied again until this morning. (Sun.11-2) I guess he finally got
his tail-feathers unruffled from his human encounter, to give it
another try; but appears to be quite skittish, perhaps has not
completely forgotten, yet.
Yesterday, I saw my first chipping sparrows in my yard, 6-8 of them,
and today my first female Pine Warbler of the season. Also seeing a
Ruby-crowned kinglet, more frequently, which I have not in past
years, and an abundance of the normal yard birds. Last week, I saw
my first ever in my yard, Flicker. I think this is going to be a
But, unfortunately, also starting to get high counts of Cowbirds, Red-
winged Blackbirds and Grackles.
Yesterday, I also witnessed my resident male Bluebird, aggressively
defending his territory from a roaming gypsy flock of Bluebirds. I
watched them tangle and fight from mid-air, falling to the ground
like a downed helicopter, resuming the brawl on the ground. About 30
minutes later, I was happy to see my resident Bluebird back for his
mealworm dinner, with no apparent battle scars.