[Tweeters] Yes and no on BBWO

Aaron Martin aamartin at gmail.com
Sun Jul 10 01:19:20 PDT 2005

Today Fred Parent and tried for the Black-backed Woodpecker.  We too
arived to the spot and heard constant calling from the tree.  After
waiting for about 40 minutes we saw no signs of the parents.  As we
were returning we ran into a couple of birders who I am guessing are
the Oliver's from Vancouver, WA (sorry forgot about introductions)
they said they experienced the same thing.

Sadly I believe the nestling is really doomed.  Nature can be cruel.

On the long side of Trail #134 Fred spotted a Clarks Nutcraker and
while waiting for the BBWO we could hear Barred Owls calling the
distance.  One of the highlights was the amazing views of Mt. Adams
near dusk.

Aaron Martin
Seattle, WA

On 7/9/05, Jim McCoy <jfmccoy at hotmail.com> wrote:
> The parents have apparently abandoned the nest.  There was a doomed nestling
> still inside the nest cavity, calling in vain to be fed.  After a couple of
> hours of waiting, it became obvious that there was no longer any reason to
> stay away from the tree, so we clambered over the rocks until we could get a
> partial view in, and periodically its beak was visible as it peered out.
> Ollie and Grace Oliver took the late shift, so maybe they'll have something
> else to report.
> On the brighter side, we saw a female American Three-toed Woodpecker working
> along the road.
> On the lighter side, I was watching the coverage of the Tour de France early
> this morning, and Phil Liggett, the terrific commentator, spread his wings
> and tried his hand at ornithology as the camera panned over a flock of white
> storks.  He said "They're in migration this time of year" and "I imagine
> they'll be nesting soon," and in reference to one that was perched atop a
> platform, concluded with something like "he's found the place he'll stay for
> the weekend."  Oh, well.  He gets credit for having the species right, and
> he really is very good on the subject of cycling...
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