Posted by: atowhee | March 10, 2014

DRUMMER BOY

Drumming can be good for your sex life…at least if you are a Flicker. Here’s proof. After less than 2 weeks of drumming the flashing, this male Flicker has drawn an admirer of his rhythmic talents:
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On the neighbors’ roof.
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BTP AT DAWN Band-tailed Pigeon, the only one who’s been around our garden the past weeks…along with a single female Varied Thrush and apparently one little R-C Kinglet.
The past few days we’ve heard a Pygmy-Owl calling around our house. I haven’t been able to see the bird. I suspect the jays found it a couple times when there was ferocious mobbing and I couldn’t see what the fuss was about. The owl is probably attracted by all our plump Juncos while the jays like having a smaller target to bully.

HERE IN ASHLAND, OREGON, THE KLAMATH BIRD OBSERVATORY IS SPONSORING OUR FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN BIRD FESTIVAL. IT IS MAY 30-JUNE 1. WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, SANDHILL CRANES ON NESTING GROUNDS, BOTH EAGLES, NESTING OSPREY, ACORN & LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD AND CHICKADEE, HERMIT AND MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, CASSIN’S FINCH AND VIREO, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, BLACK TERN, RED-BREASTED AND WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, LAZULI BUNTING, AMERICAN DIPPER, WRENTIT, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE–SOME OF THE BIRDS WE EXPECT TO SEE. WITH A LITTLE BIRDING MOJO WE CAN ADD GREAT GRAY OWL, SOOTY GROUSE, MOUNTAIN QUAIL, NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, SWAINSON’S HAWK, EVENING GROSBEAKAND NORTHERN GOSHAWK.


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