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!

Happy migration


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.
> --
> Bill Tice
> :
> Birding - The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*

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