Date: 5/9/19 9:40 am From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Correction regarding ID & Arana Gulch details
I had sent out an email about the Santa Cruz Bird Club Arana Gulch walk on Tuesday. I thought that the woodpeckers nesting near the north entrance were Downies, but I returned yesterday and discovered that they are HAIRY WOODPECKERS.
The PYGMY NUTHATCHES are still active at their hole - in the same tree. The male brings the female food. I do not know if there are any young at this point.
The shared tree interests me because last year I watched HAIRY WOODPECKERS "kick out" PYGMY NUTHATCHES and take over the nest hole at Schwan Lake between the "dip" in the trail connector and the railroad tracks. I have seen the (same?) woodpeckers in that area this season as well. There is more than one hole in that tree.
The VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW are still flying around and checking our the nest box on the southeast end of the park. I did not see them come to the aforementioned tree again.
Also, I had said that the WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen on nest box 3#, but it is nest box #4 at the northeast end of the park. I did not see the parents or young yesterday, but I was not there very long.