[Tweeters] Nectar wars, a finch and a plucked Sparrow

A & S Hill 60stops2home at kalama.com
Tue Jul 22 22:22:29 PDT 2014

Hello Tweeters and OBOL-ites!

After a short trip out of town over the Fourth of July holiday, I thought
our male RUFOUS and ANNA'S Hummingbirds may have departed. A few days with
the trailcam aimed at the feeder, though, proved me wrong.

All the male Anna's we are seeing now are immature. We do see an occasional
very brilliantly-feathered male Rufous visiting as well. Activity on our two
feeders has recently increased again, so I decided to keep track of
consumption with the trailcam. I posted an 11-shot sequence of feeder
traffic that covers about 43 hours - and 60 ounces of nectar - on my flickr
photostream starting with this picture: https://flic.kr/p/o9uU7x

The link at the end of this sentence will take you to a less blurry image of
an immature male Anna's Hummingbird: https://flic.kr/p/o9vwpe who visited
the front-porch nectar feeder.

We also have been visited by a pair of HOUSE FINCHES this week. I managed a
few blurry shots of the male seen through the slats on the front porch.
https://flic.kr/p/osKWki He was eating the seeds of wild Forget-me-not
flowers growing in our yard.

Today (Tuesday) I noticed a SONG SPARROW clumsily hopping about under the
seed feeder and eventually perching on the fence near the feeder. Upon
closer inspection with the telephoto lens, it appears the little songster
may have had a recent lucky escape from a wandering cat or other predator.
There is no tail at all on this bird: https://flic.kr/p/oqHiew Click
through from the previous link to see a second shot of the bird.

And while you're on my photostream, I invite you to enjoy some photos of wet
plants from our yard and also non-bird images from our recent trip to
Washington, D.C.

Happy Birding!

Amy Hill

Kalama, Washington

628 feet up in Cowlitz County

60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

Artlessfun at yahoo dot com

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