Date: 12/19/18 6:09 pm From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> Subject: [obol] Brookings VIRGINIA'S, Nashville & Palm Warblers, Rufous Hummingbird, etc.
I've always thought that the neighborhoods in Brookings warranted a full day of birding during the winter. I didn't quite accomplish that today, as I didn't start til noon - in the morning I checked out Lake Tolowa in Del Norte (saw the continuing Eurasian Skylark) and then the town of Smith River (found a nice adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker). I highly recommend both of those spots if you're ever in Southern Curry and want to check out some unique habitat just across the border.
Anyhow, I mostly focused on the neighborhood south of Hwy 101 between Fred Meyer and the bridge. Most excitingly, I found and photographed a male VIRGINIA'S WARBLER on S. Hazel St. across from the purple house. Originally it was feeding at ground level in the front yard, but an hour later I swung back by and it was 10' up in a large douglas fir. Fairly vocal at times. I also had two Yellow-rumps and one each of Townsend's, Palm, Orange-crowned, and Nashville in the same yard. Elsewhere in area I had 70+ Anna's Hummingbird, a male Rufous Hummingbird (coming to a flowering banksia tree), 5 White-throated Sparrows, some Western Bluebirds, hundreds of robins and sparrows, and a Swamp Sparrow (mill pond across from Fred Meyer).