Date: 6/4/19 10:23 am From: Anne Duston <aeduston...> Subject: [obol] Re: One tardy Junco
My first guess was insects of some kind. Very occasionally I see little gnat-like insects on the poker plant flowerheads. But to get them would involve more fly-catching-like motions. So perhaps the downy's goal was some other insect, or something else. Thanks, Jeff & Frederic. Any other comments?
On 6/4/2019 10:17 AM, FREDRIC PETERSEN wrote: > > WRT to Downies foraging on plant stems, I saw something somewhat > similar in Nevada a few years ago: a female Downy hammering away at a > tall mullein spike in a weedy field. I couldn’t tell what it was > finding to eat when I examined the spike after it had flown off. > Mullein Seed capsules are said to often harbor weevil larvae so > perhaps that was it? > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/15249723281/in/album-72157627235352777/ > > > On Jun 4, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> > <mailto:<jeffgilligan10...>> wrote: > >> Juncos nest at low elevation around and in Portland. Most of the >> wintering ones of course go north or into the mountains at nesting >> season. >> >> Jeff gilligan >> >> >>> On Jun 4, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Anne Duston <aeduston...> >>> <mailto:<aeduston...>> wrote: >>> >>> Yesterday I heard the familiar but unexpected chip-chipping of an >>> Oregon Junco. As I prepared to water my raised bed garden a bright >>> jet-black head of a junco popped up amongst the taller grass under >>> my Oregon White Oak tree. It continued to forage in the grass for a >>> couple of minutes, and then flew off. I haven't seen any juncos >>> under my feeders or elsewhere in my yard for close to a month - they >>> head off the minute the weather warms into the 70's. >>> >>> Another oddity viewed yesterday - a Downy Woodpecker working about >>> on some stems of my Red Hot Poker plants. I couldn't tell if it was >>> interested in seeds, what little nectar might be present or insects >>> on the plants. Ideas? Anyone seen this type of thing before? >>> >>> Anne Duston >>> >>> in far East Portland, a couple of miles directly north of Powell Butte >>> >>> POST: Send your post to <obol...> <mailto:<obol...> >>> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol >>> OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol >>> <http://www.freelists.org/archive/obol> >>> Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> >>> <mailto:<obol-moderators...> >>> >> >> POST: Send your post to <obol...> <mailto:<obol...> >> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol >> OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol >> <http://www.freelists.org/archive/obol> >> Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> >> <mailto:<obol-moderators...> >>