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