Date: 5/1/19 9:42 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] Re: The Year of the Calliope
There have been several reports (more than normal) of Calliopes from Benton County in the past week as well, and today I joined the ranks of the fortunate birders who had one in their yard, when a female paid an (all to brief) brief visit to our feeder. Not enough time to even think about grabbing the camera - and of course, it never returned for seconds! Still a fun little bird to see!
On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 9:07 PM Bill Tice <ticebill7...> wrote:
> Hi All,, > Six days ago I had a female Calliope Hummer show up at my place in Falls > City, Polk County. She was a one day wonder, as these usually are. > Yesterday another female showed up, who stayed over until today. 3 other > local birders came over to tic it off on their Polk list. The last one was > Don Berg, and while we were looking at her, a male showed up on the other > side of the feeder. Cool! About a half hour later I was at the kitchen > table where the feeder on the other side of the house is set up, and I > "finally" saw 2 females together. I was suspecting there was a 2nd one > because I thought I saw 2 together twice before, but it was just too > quick. As I was watching these and the Rufous' joust and come and go, I > spied 2 male Calliopes at the same time about the feeder! So that makes 4 > Calliopes in one place, here on the west side of the Willamette Valley. I > know this is hard to believe, but I really did see these all with my own > eyes. My wife did indeed see the males together. I tried to get them both > in one pic, and almost succeeded. > > However, after taking some 200 pics (Yea, I know, digital photography > extends the limits......), some of which are in the eBird report below, my > wife noticed one of our cats having something small in his mouth, which > turned out to be one of the males, so guess he is at the end of his > migration. > > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55658752?share=true > > -- > Bill Tice > > : > Birding - The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores >
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