Date: 5/15/19 9:21 am From: Garth Harwood <gharwood...> Subject: [pen-bird] Another Chat - Alpine Pond 5-14-2019
Hi All, I stopped off for an after-work de-stress walk at Alpine Pond last evening, arriving at about 6:30PM. Almost immediately I began to hear a 'singing' Yellow-breasted Chat from the willows at the SW corner of the pond. Quotes around 'singing' is about the rough squawking, squeaking, and catcalling that YBCH deploys as song. It may not be melodious, but it certainly is distinctive!
This bird was much less cooperative than the Pescadero Marsh bird that I paid a visit to last Friday. I never got eyes on it except as a shadowy blur, although I did get to within 20 feet in distance. It was silent for the last 30 minutes of my pond circuit so I couldn't tell if it had flown away, or not. The pond was socked in with fog and rain this AM.
A Yellow Warbler singing there was my first for SMC this season, and there was also a singing Western Tanager, which may well be nesting nearby.
--Garth Harwood, Pescadero
-- *Garth Harwood *Director of Education, The Trust for Hidden Villa 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 *(650) 949-8643*
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