[Tweeters] New and different birds

Rob Conway robin_birder at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 5 14:58:40 PST 2013

All brainbirders,

As the weather gets colder I'm getting some interesting birds come through. Likely chased from the mountains and east side of the Cascades (up the gorge) with the extra cold I've had the following:

Townsend's Solitaire - located first by its single deeeepch call repeated several times I have actually has 2 birds at once for the last 3 mornings in my big patch of Western Juniper.

Pine Grosbeak - one at the feeders this morning - male and not too shy

Mountain Chickadees - 2 with the large (20) mixed chickadee flock that visits.

Evening Grosbeak - 45 at one time on the feeders! Spectacular like butter dripping off the sunflower feeders.

Northern Saw whet owl - this seems to be a place for these birds. 3 on a wire overhead right below my house last Monday.

I've gone from 5-6 Stellar's and 3-4 Western Scrub jays coming in for peanuts to as many as 40 at a time. Beautiful and quite the characters.

7 Anna's hummingbirds at the feeds including one who went into torpor on the feeder perch last night.

120 Dark eyed juncos. This flock has been building for weeks. I have at least 3-4 slate colored and a perfect Pink-sided specimen every day.

Bushtits. After weeks of 1 or 2 I had a flock of about 90 yesterday that covered 2 double suet feeders, 3 single feeders, and the disk of meal worms I put out to see who would find them.

Also very high number of House and Purple Finches, but on 2 Pine Siskins so far.

Noticeably missing: Red Breasted Nuthatch -0 for 3 weeks, Mourning doves - just one after weeks of 10-15 a day, and Fox Sparrows - 2 out of the dozens of sparrows (Song, White Throated, Golden Crowned) that visit daily.

I'm still house bound, but entertained.

Rob Conway
Camas, WA
45.58°N 122.44°W - elevation 310 ft.
robin_birder at hotmail.com

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