Posted by: atowhee | July 3, 2016


No, let’s have a lot of Chat(s).  I ran into a fraternity of Yellow-breasted Chat males this afternoon.  Each one was into competing with his neighbor, blasting away with his aggressive, pseudo-mimicry on an otherwise calm afternoon.  The birds were on a steep slope where Doug-firs are filling in an old clear cut.  Right now the slope is largely covered with a thicket mixing blackberries, elderberries, broom, bracken and bigleaf maple.  There is no water present.CHT-1 CHT-2Here he is taking off to go pester one of the other singing males. CHT-LAUNCH TV in molt.  I always stop to watch TV, and it’s free, over the air…no cable or sat-dish needed.  No ads, no shopping. TO-MOLT2 TV-MOLTRanunculus; no iyt;sd a mimulus:P2740260 (1280x960) WEB1 WEB2Baker Creek, no Dipper seen but plenty of dipperwash along upper creek.BKR CRK (1280x960)Other singers included both thrushes and Pacific Wren.

Baker Creek Road.  Jul 3, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.    Comments:     Includes regenerating forest uphill from road and east of logging road beyond 21020 Baker Creek Road (BCR) and on north side of BCR
15 speciesTurkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  4
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)  1
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  5
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)  5     singing males in competition in regenerating forest area located in above note


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