Date: 9/21/19 5:18 pm
From: Pete Sole <pete...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Re: tanagers and 'Roger's Red' grapevine
As Nancy pointed out, birds love this grape.

This morning we at least 6 species of birds eating the grapes including:

WESTERN TANAGERS
DARK-EYED JUNCOS
SPOTTED AND CALIFORNIA TOWHEES
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS
AMERICAN ROBIN

Pete


On 9/21/19 5:08 PM, Nancy Collins wrote:
> That would be the /cultivar/ 'Roger’s Red’ which was found in Sonoma
> County by the esteemed horticulturist, Roger Raiche.
>
> Through DNA analysis, 'Roger’s Red’ was determined to be a cross
> between our native /Vitis californica/ and /Vitis vinifera /‘Alicante
> Bouschet’, a European wine grape.
> https://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/vitis-rogers-red/
>
> This is a great plant for the birds, the bees and me. Each grape
> contains a large seed but the fruit’s deep flavor is delicious and
> complex.
>
> Nancy
> Soquel, CA
>
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> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From: *Pete Sole <pete...> <mailto:<pete...>>
> *Subject: **[MBBIRDS] Of tanagers and a sparrow id question (with photos)*
> *Date: *September 21, 2019 at 4:00:12 PM PDT
> *To: *MBB Monterey Bay Birds <mbbirds...>
> <mailto:<mbbirds...>>
>
> Hi birders,
>
> This morning at our home in Soquel we had at least 4 and possibly as
> many as 6 WESTERN TANAGERS eating the native California Grapes in our
> garden. (Nancy tells me that the scientific name of the grape is Vitis
> californica, with the common name 'Rodger's Red' for the plant.)  A
> few photos:
>
> AMERICAN ROBIN and WESTERN TANAGER face-off:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/documentary/robin_with_2_tanagers_190921a.jpg
> (there are 2 tanagers in the frame.)
>
> WESTERN TANAGER chowing down on grapes:
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/orioles_tanagers/tanager_western_190921a.jpg
>
>
> After photographing the tanagers for a while, I finally left to go to
> the UCSC Farm and Garden. At UCSC another 3 or more WESTERN TANAGERS
> appeared, also chowing down on fruit:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/web_ready/orioles_tanagers/tanager_western_190921b.jpg
>
> But what sent to UCSC Farm and Garden to begin with, was a SPARROW
> that I saw last weekend. Las week, I thought it was a non-breeding
> chipping sparrow, but now, I think it may be a clay colored. A few
> less than ideal photos of this bird:
>
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/sparrow_190921a.jpg
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/sparrow_190921a.jpg
> http://www.lighthousenet.com/photos/birds/odd/sparrow_190921a.jpg
>
> I'm not 100% convinced, I'm leaning towards CLAY-COLORED, but a
> CHIPPING would be more likely.
>
> Your  id thoughts on the sparrow?
>
> Pete Sole
> Pondering Sparrows in Soquel, CA
>
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