[Tweeters] arboretum thrushes

pan panmail at mailfence.com
Sat Apr 20 17:28:40 PDT 2019


Hi, Tweets,

This morning around volunteering for earth day at the arboretum in Seattle, I had a singing Black-throated Gray Warbler after nine, then mid-day, an odd thrush observation. In the crab apple collection, there's a fuschia-pink one blooming now, and I saw at least four Hermit Thrushes at once in it, foraging by hop-hovering to flowers. At least once one seemed to eat a pink flower bud. I couldn't figure what they were doing, and I wouldn't expect invertebrates to be so hard to get today that they'd be desperate. An Orange-crowned Warbler was more reasonably nectaring or eating tiny bugs in the same flowers. The thrushes were only at it a few minutes, then disappeared to lower, more usual secluded haunts. Any of you know what was doing?

20 April, 2019,

Alan Grenon
Seattle


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