YARD BIRDS:

Ruth Sullivan godwit at worldnet.att.net
Wed Mar 6 13:51:33 PST 2002


Hello Tweeters,

I don't know if you all remember that I posted a Hutton's Vireo on our suet
feeder this winter. This was on the 15th in January when it arrived. He is
still present at this date,and we think he might stay around all year in the
vicinity. I had few birders visiting us to see this bird,sitting inside to
view the bird. Since there is such discussion going on about birds on
privete property I must say that it is up to the people if they like to put
up with a big crowd. When we found the Hoary Redpoll in Electric City the
owner let us visit on to his property. Patrick let him look into our
spotting scope and explained the difference between the Common (wnich were
also present) and the Hoary Redpoll. When he heard that there was a CBC
compilation meeting for the tally that evening of the Grand Coulee CBC he
came to meet all the birders. So it is up to the person of the property as
Rose mentiond and we have to respect their wishes. There have been many
occasions where I had to ask property owner,if I could enter the property
for getting a good photo. Late last year on Dike Road in Woodland to
photograph the adult Franklin's Gull. The property owner was fascinated to
know about this first county record in her yard,as she viewed the bird in
our scope possibly similar to what Eugene Hunn described in Seattle.So most
people are willing to let some birders going on to their property,but maybe
too scared to put up with a big crowd.I got really side tracted here about
private property use, but instead about our yardbirds on suet. As the twelve
Bushtits that are currently also on our suet. We use to have this species in
our yard just passing through, but not staying around, which have been here
for over a month.Our Wild Curant bush started to bloom, and usually when
this occurs we get our first male Rufous Hummingbird.We are still having
four Anna's coming regular,so we probably won't get to many Rufous
Hummingbirds this season.

Ruth Sullivan
godwit at worldnet.att.net
Tacoma




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