[Tweeters] MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE - Snoqualmie

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at verizon.net
Wed Apr 8 08:55:17 PDT 2009

Maybe it was mine. The birding gods apparently disapproved of my boastful message to Tweeters on March 27, relating how we'd had a Mountain Chickadee at our feeders every day since October.

March 27 was the LAST time we saw the MOCH.

So, yeah, maybe he headed up your way. I'm betting the weather of April 1-3 made him think twice about that decision though...

== Michael Hobbs
== Kirkland, WA
== http://www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== http://www.marymoor.org/BirdBlog.htm
== birdmarymoor at verizon.net
----- Original Message -----
From: johntubbs at comcast.net
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 10:04 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE - Snoqualmie

Hi everyone,

I realize this winter has proven to be a relative bonanza year for Mountain Chickadee (MOCH) sightings in the Puget Sound area, but it was nonetheless exciting to add a new life yard bird to the list this afternoon when one showed up at our feeders. With the nearby woods being mostly coniferous, our yard actually sees more Chestnut-backed Chickadees than Black-capped Chickadee and so I actually consider a Black-Capped sighting to be 'rare' for our little mini-habitat. So today right when I got home after a doctor's appt, I looked out and caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a Black-capped. Fortunately, rather than just assuming the 'obvious' and writing it day, I took a closer look with the binocs and there was a fine MOCH specimen! He was there for about fifteen seconds and didn't show up again after I ran to get the camera (of course).

Perhaps this is one of the winter resident birds from Ballard, Redmond or Issaquah that decided it's time to migrate upslope to where it actually should be!

John Tubbs

Snoqualmie, WA

johntubbs at comcast.net


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