thursday 12-4 delta county
- Ola, Birding Buddies,
I have been hoping that we've all been gone or too busy to look for
birds, rather than there aren't any to report, so last evening I took my
first look since returning from SE AZ. [got the Sinaloa wren, cool song,
even I can recognize it. Missed the sungrebe but had a startling good
sighting of a Red-necked grebe, a bird that turns out to be only
accidental in NM...and how come it was at Bosque in the same place as
Yesterday I only visited sweitzer, which I didn't scope as I could only
see a few ducks and coots; Confluence, which appeared bereft of wild
birds except geese and Common Mergs; and Payne's Siding, which had some
birds worth reporting.
I scoped PS around 4:45pm. Here are the birds that I thought of interest:
20 Sandhill Cranes
actively diving goldeneyes so I couldn't get a good count, but think
around 10 Common Goldeneyes and maybe 4 Barrows
1 fabulous male Hooded Merganser. Every time I get a good look at one of
these beauties it takes my breath away
several Blue-winged teal as well as many greenies
1 female Greater Scaup
Today I hope to get to Fruitgrowers and Escalante where SACR have
wintered for many years now.
Bird action has finally been picking up here at Kenpo Kee.
4 species of finch are coming in greater numbers now...Amgo, Lego, Hofi
and Pine Siskins [of course I have to attract the birds that like the
most expensive seed]
I have Downy and Hairy woodpeckers on the suet as well as White-breasted
nuthatches. Thank goodness this year's big troupe of flickers hasn't
learned how to get suet. yet.
There are several pairs of Eurasian Collared Doves flitting about the
feeding stations and the usual juncos.
This morning my old friend the Sharpie returned to hide in the vines on
the back porch, working on her technique for slamming juncos and finches
into the window.
Let's hope the colder weather brings more birds for our CBCs!