Date: 7/10/18 8:00 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Bye Baba Buntings (and other oak savanna happenings)
That's "Baba" for "Dad" as in Farsi. I'm seeing a lot of fully-fledged and fairly independent juvenile LAZULI BUNTINGS at oak savanna sites now.
That means that adult males won't be around for much longer. From now until early August is the time to enjoy these feathered jewels before they migrate south. The females and young will stay around a little longer. Bald Hill Natural Area is one of the best places to look for them in the Corvallis area.
"OREGON" VESPER SPARROWS are well into their second nesting cycle now, with some pairs feeding nestlings while their first batch of offspring for the year are foraging independently, though a few females are still on eggs.SAVANNAH SPARROWS are also on their second batch, maybe even third batch in some cases.
I can't figure out what's happening with CHIPPING SPARROWS -- there are a lot of youngsters in different stages flying around but I'm also seeing adults carrying food into bushes. Now through August is the time of year when we tend to get sight reports of juvenile Brewer's Sparrows in the mid-Willamette Valley. My suggestion is to be cautious on those, especially when they're in the company of Chipping Sparrows.
WESTERN BLUEBIRD, HOUSE WREN and SLENDER-BILLED (WHITE-BREASTED) NUTHATCH families are also out and about in these habitats, as are juvenile EUROPEAN STARLINGS. Yesterday I saw a juvenile BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD following a flock of starlings around, and I thought, "Hmmm, maybe that's not such a bad thing."