Date: 6/4/19 6:44 pm From: John Ealy <jrealy...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: A last hurrah for the Denver metro area?
Sorry for any redundancy: Phone froze mid-post.
Regarding Western tanagers: We have three pairs continuing. Way down from the 65-80 (uphill neighbor swears 100- plus) we had at peak, when they daily went through seven bars of homemade suet, six orange halves and three 32-ounce jars of grape jam over three days. They started arriving May 3, and only grew more numerous with the record cold. The numbers we had were double the irruption of May 15-19, 2016. Concurrent were five male and three female black-headed grosbeaks, and a scattering of lazuli buntings, chipping sparrows and white-crown sparrows. We did see a female sharp-shinned hawk take out and eat a female tanager, which might have been stunned by a window strike.
Roxborough Park, Colorado Douglas County
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:35:51 PM UTC-6, John Ealy wrote: > > > > On Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:44:08 PM UTC-6, Jared Del Rosso wrote: >> >> Last night, I came home to my west Centennial (Arapahoe) yard to find a >> half dozen tanagers continuing. With them, as new arrivals, was a trio of >> immature Black-headed Grosbeaks (two males, one female). Later, a Warbling >> Vireo came through. An Olive-sided Flycatcher, which I'd earlier seen a few >> houses away, visited too. >> >> >> This morning -- nothing. This afternoon -- nothing. (Even the singing, >> male Yellow Warbler appears gone.) I'm sure if I traversed the High Line >> Canal Trail, I might find some stragglers. But for the last week or two or >> more, my yard's been full. Now, the place is filled with only absences. >> >> >> >> Are others in the Denver metro area noting the same thing--empty spaces >> where the birds were yesterday or the day before? Or is it just my yard? >> >> >> >> - Jared Del Rosso >> >> Centennial, CO >> >> >> >