[Tweeters] Flycatcher and Rufous
drsybert at northtown.org
Wed Jul 17 12:08:10 PDT 2013
A wonderful surprise visit this morning from some passing small
flycatchers--Alder, Willow, or maybe, Pacific Slope. I am judging
solely from the ID books (of which I have a half dozen) because I have
never seen any of these species in person previously although I have
seen larger flycatchers in San Diego and at Nisqually.
To me, these birds resembled the Alder pictures most closely, although I
know that species is not usually this far south--particularly the eyes.
There were several of them who paused on the dead branches near my
feeders; one of them stayed there a couple minutes, so I had a good
look at it; then, a female Rufous Hummingbird whirled in close and
landed on the branch briefly. The Rufous is also a bird that I seldom
see here although Anna's are plentiful this year in spite of the lack
of hummingbird feeders.
I have put all my hummingbird feeders away for the summer because there
is a Black Bear roaming the area--maybe more than one. I know they are
attracted to other kinds of bird feed, too, but so far, I have no
evidence they have visited the millet, suet, or sunflower dispensers.
Just hoping all the berries, fruit and vegetation in the area will keep
them away from the house.
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