Date: 2/27/17 10:26 am
From: Eric Horvath <horvath...>
Subject: [obol] Costa's Hummingbird, Newport
27 Feb 2017 311 SE 35th St, South Beach, Lincoln County, OR.
the imm male Costa came in to the hummingbird feeder today at 9:50 AM, but not before this time this morning
he comes now with far far less frequency than in early Feb.
While he now has lots more purple showing on the gorget, it may be a very long wait (hours) if you come to see it
You may need to use fieldcraft to find him, listen for the Costa sound, and he may perch in the alder tops behind the house.
Evidently he is spending time elsewhere locally, and not pinned to a post as before.
Visitation suggestions are to park at “Bayside” which is 3 houses east with available parking, and not to arrive before 8:30 AM.

Interestingly, most birders coming to see Mr. Costa have not yet seen the product called BirdTape. This stuff saves birds from window collisions! The tape squares are on the windows by the hummingbird feeder, and no birds hit the window anymore.
http://www.collidescape.org/abc-birdtape <http://www.collidescape.org/abc-birdtape>
if that link does not work just google American Bird Conservancy BirdTape. This stuff definitely solves the problem in a much better way than the falcon silhouette stickers. You know which windows are killing the birds…so just go ahead and apply the tape in some smallish artfully arranged pattern to that particular offending window. You do not need as much as they show in the examples on the package

Other birds here this morning include a bright male Rufous Hummingbird (arrived 26 Feb), a female Anna’s, some bushtits and now both the black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees are singing their spring songs. And Piglet, the wintering Orange-crown, is still here with good frequency.

—Eric Horvath
 
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