[Tweeters] 3-woodpecker *minute*

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Tue Sep 19 17:05:13 PDT 2017

Hi again Tweets,

Well, the day has turned out to be full of avian excitement. After I
posted my earlier announcement below, I was sitting in my living room
looking out toward our woods. I¹d been laughing because a squirrel pair
has started moving into the box we put up a couple of years ago, hoping
for an owl. Squirrel disappeared. Then a flicker started checking out the
nest box, only to be run off by the returning squirrel:

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messages back as too bigŠ?]

Seven minutes later, I saw a blur arrive to the side of a big fir ­ holy
moly, a Red-breasted Sapsucker! First time at this house since we moved in
3 years ago. New yard bird!


Then moments later, a flicker returned to the tree near the nest box and
the sapsucker, got them both in one view! Then the flicker flew up at the
sapsucker, who vamoosed.



And as the sapsucker disappeared behind the foliage, instantly a Downy
Woodpecker flew in, arousing much interest on the part of the flicker.



The Downy stayed only a few seconds, then followed in the sapsucker¹s
general direction.

I checked the time stamp on the photos: all three woodpecker species had
appeared within a single minute. How cool is that?

All this was followed by much posturing among 4 flickers and two robins,
all hanging around the same section of the fir trunk. Wonder if the rain
has gotten everyone suddenly concerned about shelter? And I¹m thinking of
this season¹s juveniles, who probably have no memory of heavy wet stuff
descending from the sky: a sudden mystery in their young livesŠ


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
Natural Presence Arts website <https://naturalpresencearts.com/>

From: Trileigh Tucker <tri at seattleu.edu>
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:43 PM
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Arrivals: Varied Thrush pair, goldfinches

Hi Tweets,

Yesterday I was returning home from a walk to Lowman Beach (West Seattle)
and came upon a Varied Thrush pair bathing in a puddle. Then just now at
my sunflower-seed feeder, at least three juvenile/female goldfinches
showed up. I didn¹t have optics handy
so couldn¹t get a great look at them, but two looked scruffy (juveniles?)
and one looked more polished (female?). First-of-season for both species!

Good birding to all,

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Trileigh Tucker
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
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Photo Galleries: ImageBrief
<http://www.imagebrief.com/photographers/trileigh#/marketplace> and Flickr

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