Date: 11/17/19 10:25 am From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> Subject: [obol] A-Sip Restaurant
News from the A-Sip Restaurant,
For the past weeks we have enjoyed the presence of an adult Cooper's Hawk coming in to our deck-side restaurant here at Crooked River Ranch. Although we serve IBBB (Itty-Bitty-Brown-Birds) and LBJ's (Little Brown Birds) as well as flickers and jays we have never actually SEEN this adult accipiter catch anything but not for the lack of trying. It seems to come in on a schedule near 10:00 AM and rest on our power pole just long enough to scan the feeders on our deck, then the surrounding grounds. Lucky for us/and them I have installed the best 'window-bonger' protection available so we have not lost any 'customers' trying to escape the marauder. I installed this bird protection almost 20 years ago and though the little guys and gals bounce right off it like playing on a trampoline I have not found a way to protect our smaller windows and doors.
Other birds coming to our feeders at this time of the year include but are not limited to
American Kestrel (and fly-overs by other raptors)
Eurasian Collared-doves (it used to be all Mourning Doves but no more)
Steller's and Western Jays
Western and Mountain Bluebirds
House and Cassin's Finches
American and Lesser Goldfinches
and House Sparrows (Dang!)
Don't forget to join us for the Winter Raptor Routes.