[Tweeters] Townsend's Warblers yard bird
garybletsch at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 14 19:02:34 PST 2021
Thanks for an interesting discussion on Townsend's Warblers at feeders.
My yard is between Lyman and Hamilton in the Skagit Valley, too far west to be really "Upper Skagit," but too far upriver to be what we call "downriver." In close to 20 years since we have lived here, I have seen the Townsend's Warbler just ten times in this yard--and it is a very birdy yard. Seven out of the ten sightings have been in September and October, with one in August and two in May. All of those birds were in our birch tree, a favored spot for migrants. They've never visited the feeders, even though we usually have suet out.
I contrast this with the following anecdotal data. The White-throated Sparrow has been seen in my yard over 300 times, Wilson's Snipe over 170 times, and the Merlin over 150 times. For birds that like conifers, we have had 281 sightings of Chestnut-backed Chickadees here, and Red-breasted Nuthatches 45 times. It is a head-scratcher to me how seldom we see Townsend's Warbler--the Black-throated Grey Warbler has shown up on 75 occasions. It's just not an attractive spot for Townsend's Warblers, best as I can figure.
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