Yes, our yard too is full of AMGOs with no Siskins in sight, but I love the
finch chitter-chatter and am eager to hear FEE-BEE and OLD MAN PEABODY,
PEABODY, PEABODY! I will watch and listen for a trickster BCCH. Birds never
fail to amaze and intrigue.
On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 6:21 PM, Scott Cronenweth <
> Happy spring, birding friends! Here in the western mountains our back
> doors and bird feeders are reappearing from beneath the snow. I don’t do
> much feeder-watching, but today I caught something intriguing that I never
> noticed before (with this particular cast of characters, anyhow).
> The most numerous single species at my feeders right now is American
> Goldfinch. They outnumber all other visitors combined. Often they swing by
> in a flock and swirl around, exhibiting a fair bit of jittery
> pugnaciousness and collectively putting off other visitors like
> Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches.
> This afternoon, as I sorted through the AMGOs hoping for a Pine Siskin, I
> saw and heard a chickadee make an alarm call. Immediately all the AMGOs
> flew up into the trees. But the BCCH that raised the alarm, far from
> heeding it him/herself, zipped in and grabbed a seed. A few minutes later
> the same scenario played out: BCCH alarm, AMGO panic, BCCH leisurely nosh.
> The second time a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches and a Downy Woodpecker
> seemed to be in on the game, and swooped in immediately along with the
> false-alarming chickadee.
> I wonder how many times that works before the AMGOs catch on...
> Ah, birds — don’t you just love ‘em?!
> Peace & good birding,
> Scott Cronenweth
> Industry, ME
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