[Tweeters] at the risk of sounding pedantic, not a Diamondback

Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 2 09:36:54 PDT 2013

Hi all,
At the risk of sounding pedantic (who me?)  that was probably a Western Rattlesnake in Umptanum.  The Western Diamondback is a southern species extending far into Mexico with a range in Southern CA, AZ, NM Texas into Arkansas.
It and even more the Eastern Diamondback are snakes for birders to really be aware of because although the last thing they want is to encounter you at all, they can and occasionally do kill adult humans.  Our Rattlesnake, the charming Western Rattlesnake, is something you really don't want to get bit by ever ever but the fear of that snake can be ramped down quite a bit from the Diamondback, since as far as I know it's never killed anyone.
This message includes an invite from experts to correct my take on this if it's wrong and a big thanks for the original warning.
Here on Beacon Hill the migration is petering along.  Yesterday at Butyl Creek were Yellow and Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Swainson's Thrush and the creek has gained a delightful guardian angel, a female Rufous Hummingbird. Normally, it's all-Anna's-all-the-time this time of year.
Best wishes,
Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com

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