[Tweeters] Bird of the Week: Redstart a "desperate housewife"?

Paul Hicks phicks at accessgrace.org
Tue Mar 14 21:59:59 PST 2006

I stumbled upon a female redstart near the marsh on Mull Rd east of Tenino 
several years ago in mid-June. That was just the first surprise--a first 
county record I'm told. As I tracked its activity over the course of a few 
days I noticed it returning consistently to the same place in an Oregon Ash. 
Second surprise: it was building a nest! Where was the mate? The third 
surprise: turned out to be a Yellow Warbler!! I had previously noticed the 
two loosely associating, and both acting highly territorial (especially 
him), but thought nothing of it until I observed them both around, at, and 
in the nest. Nature's "desperate housewife" or just an "odd couple"?
--Paul Hicks
Tenino, s. Thurston Co
phicks AT accessgrace.org 

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