Date: 6/27/17 6:01 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] [Fwd: Vesper Sparrow nesting progress and more]
Forwarding this to OBOL ... in my initial posting on the Mid-Valley birding/nature lists, I forgot to note that most of the situations where we're finding Vesper Sparrows on eggs right now are in the vicinity of nests that failed on the first round. -- joel
While monitoring VESPER SPARROWS on a ranch near Wren this morning, in one pasture I lucked across a female brooding on a nest with four eggs.
Then in another pasture I heard two adults fussing so I sat down under a tree to watch for a while. Eventually I got looks at them feeding at least three fledglings that could fly just about as well as their parents (though with a significant cuteness differential).
Other fledglings out and about included a young DOWNY WOODPECKER (foraging independently) and several each of OREGON JUNCO and CHIPPING SPARROW fledglings that were still being tended by adults.
Several birds seemed to be in an ornery mood. A male WESTERN TANAGER flew halfway across a pasture to pester an AMERICAN ROBIN, but then flew off when a second Robin joined the dispute. In another pasture, a female BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK chased off a family of juncos and another grosbeak from a spot where they'd been feeding on the ground. I walked over to see what was so special about that spot, but couldn't figure it out -- unless the birds were going after seeds from a buttercup (Ranunculus sp.).