New to the Group
- Just found this group. I live in the middle of South Park about 8 miles
due North of Hartsel.
I noticed that someone mentioned seeing the first Male Calliope. I saw one
at the feeder very close to the 4th of July although I did not note the
exact date. Of course he continues to visit.
I have notices ac couple of other things with respect to Hummingbirds. 1)
there seem to be less this year than in the last couple of years, and 2)
the Ruffus seem to be less aggressive than normal.
I saw my first Grey Jay ever about tree days ago. It was a pair of parents
and a very noisy young one. It was the noise that caused my to notice them
and they have remained in the area since then. When I first saw them the
parents were feeding the the baby and now they ar4 avoiding him, i assume
that is to cause him to start feed himself.
I had a visiting birder from Ohio. His primary targets were Golden Eagle (saw three), Lewis Woodpecker (struck out at end of 26 rd), and burrowing owl (struck out on 25 rd). I tried hard on Scotts oriole and Cassin's kingbirds--also no good, BUT, we had some good luck too as Tom got the following lifers:
long-eared owl (at least three) on Brewster Ridge
gray-flycatcher (pair on Brewster ridge)
At 6:&50 and Stateline:
sage thrasher AND WE HAD A GOOD LIST OVERALL, WITH JUNIPER TITMICE, BLK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER AND OTHERS.
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