[Tweeters] Re: A Big (amazing) Day in my yard

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Sat May 9 22:29:09 PDT 2015

Here's the photo with the Black-headed Grosbeak and Red Crossbill sitting
calmly near eachother:


Joshua Glant

On Sat, May 9, 2015 at 8:48 PM, Joshua Glant <josh.n.glant at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Tweets,


> I returned home from my trip to Marymoor at 12:30 PM. I had expected that

> my bird excitement was over for the day, but really it was just begun!

> Looking into my feeder tree, I saw a strange, tiny yet bulky bird. Upon

> fetching my binoculars, I realized that it was a very confiding Red

> Crossbill! I got great photos. Also around was a male Black-headed

> Grosbeak, singing and feeding all afternoon. How many people can say that

> they've had a Black-headed Grosbeak and Red Crossbill perching calmly next

> to each other in their binocular view? I can! I got a photo, too.


> Robins and a Western Tanager completed the Robin-like song trifecta. Bald

> Eagles soared overhead in a cloudless sky. Anna's Hummingbirds drank from

> flowers right nearby. A flock of Red Crossbills chipped pinecones in a tall

> Douglas Fir. A special moment, because a flock in that exact tree was where

> I saw my first crossbills in March 2013. Pinecones crashed down all around

> me, which was quite amusing.


> A Red-breasted Sapsucker drummed in the trees, giving me good views;

> Wilson's, Yellow-rumped and Townsend's Warblers called and sang in the

> forest, a Hutton's Vireo rang out in repeated tones, and Pacific-slope

> Flycatchers whistled. A highlight of my afternoon was hearing a bird

> request the rapid delivery of three barley-derived alcoholic beverages;

> that is to say, my FOY Olive-sided Flycatcher sang in the forest.


> On my way back inside, I might have heard a raven's far off croak. A great

> end to one of my best days ever in my yard!


> Great birding to you all, Joshua Glant


> Mercer Island, WA


> Josh.n.glant at gmail.com





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