Date: 5/1/19 10:15 pm From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] Re: The Year of the Calliope
Well, I've been waiting ~45 years at this location for this opportunity, and yesterday I saw a very small female hummer with a very white breast and little or no rufous on the flanks; among the hords* of Anna's and Rufous. I had no optical equipment but was only 10 feet away. It looked very promising, but I was busy with other matters. But today, when i saw Bill's photos of a female, I had no alternative than to go 'tic' for a yardbird. Thanks, Bill Bob OBrien Carver OR PS I'll be back tomorrow with a camera, but, whatever, a tic is a tic. PPS A word to the wise. Cats are NOT to be mentioned on OBOL. I could say a lot more but I won't. * Note the correct spelling and a nod of appreciation to an anonymous OBOLer. Likely an English Major.
On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 9:41 PM Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> wrote:
> 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 > > Hendrik > > 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 >> > > > -- > __________________________ > Hendrik G. Herlyn > Corvallis, OR > > > *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder* >