Posted by: atowhee | March 4, 2020


From dawn on, it was morning in motion in our garden.
640AM  Bewick’s Wren comes out of the vine tangle to join juncos already feeding.
710AM  Juncos abound, 2 yellow-rumps together on either end of the biggest suet log…warily sharily, not real togetherness like you see in finches and Bushtits.
718AM  The Audubon’s Warbler appears for the first time–suets him just fine.
730   First starlings of the day.  Juncos still on ground and in bushes, as they will be unless something untoward appears.
732  First siskin onto a platform feeder, soon joined by a second, they will eventually number at least seven.  Yellow-rumps and juncs around.  The warblers are chasing one another to what end?
750  Male Spotted Towhee debuts.  Juncos, warblers, starlings all about.  Starling rarely care for anything besides the suet.  Juncos concentrate on the sunflower seeds wherever they may find them.
753  First tree squirrel.  The local gang will be about most of the morning, then off to siesta in the trees.
754  First Chestnut-backed Chickadee onto a platform.  They also like the suet when warblers don’t intervene.
805  Squirrel jumps aboard hanging platform, gets the swing sensation as it becomes a pendulum.  Juncos in the vines and brush, waiting for squirrels to depart.
810  Squirrels dominate, juncos and warblers sulk as only starlings get to suet.
811   Squirrels scram, suddenly junco throng descend onto ground and feeders.
813  Siskin feeding on edge of hanging tray, drops powdery sunflower skins back into the feeder.  I’ve seen Evening Grosbeaks and Red-breasted Nuthatches actually spit out the skins onto the ground.  I once saw a nuthatch pick up a seed in his beak, decide it was detestable and fling over his shoulder into the weeds!
815  Pair of Bushtits arrive, not a flock.  More than a mile away yesterday I saw a pair.  The winter flocks are breaking up.  Those pairs are surely from different wintering groups.  Click here for more on flock and nesting behavior of Bushtits.  They do not travel widely but may up to a mile and flocks often encounter one another.
825  Sun is not up and warming the feeders.  I step outside and can hear the calling of a flicker.
828  Junco, towhee, starlings busy.
848  Lesser Goldfinch and siskins sharing a hanging tray.
900 Nora the dog orders me out into the garden.  That is her boxer personality.  As we play fetch I hear flickers calling.  On wires nearby a lone collared-dove calls, “tooooot-tooo-toot.”  Repetitive, repeatedly.  In the cherry trees a goldfinch at the top, lower down a  few juncos.  They give out their electric static calls.
The daffodils on this bright, calm morning have sunburst smiles, even a golden grin.  In a breeze they might bend and bow.  In wind, wiggle wildly.  Today the air and the flowers are still, while speaking of the coming spring. In the shade, shy hellebore grin.
905  Female Lesser Goldfinch appears, joins siskins in tray.  Warblers, juncos and the first Golden-crowned Sparrow of the day are about.
913 Juncos galore, spotted towhee hops through the vine tangle, never clearly visible.
926  Two collared-doves, warblers, siskins, starlings.  One siskin hangs upside down on the nyger feeder while all the others ignore it.SIS-HANG (2)
10  My wife gets shot of Cooper’s Hawk whose presence near our feeders has caused rapid evacuation.
1203   Bushtit pair, siskin, Lesser Goldfinch females, warblers, omnipresent juncos back now that Coop has been written off.
1217  My first sighting of a House Finch, this a female though I often see one brightly colored male as well. Zillions of juncos jumping about.  59 degrees, sunny.
1222  CB Chickadees back.
1235  Siskins and Lesser Goldfinches gather.  Seven siskins seen at one time.

140  Red-breasted Nuthatch seen for first time today, probably missed him earlier.  Very busy, very photogenic.RNUT8
208  Small seedeaters continue.
318  Four CB Chickadees, at least, they flutter and disappear from view and return, never resting.  There may be more but four is the most I see in a single moment.  Later this spring they will abandon our garden and return to their beloved Doug-firs.  This summer the only chickadee we’ll see here: Black-capped that will nest nearby.

Nuthatch gallery.  Fourth pic shows the nuthatch sitting back and a fleck of sunflower seed flies into the air.
Seventh pic shows him cleaning his beak on the bark.

The rarest birds of the day: flock of flamingoes:RARA AVIS (2)


  1. Reblogged this on Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog.

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