Date: 4/6/21 3:01 pm From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] Amazing?! pair of Pygmy Nuthatches SE Portland
I couldn't really believe what just happened. I was standing in my daughter's back yard watching my grandson jump on their trampoline when a pair of Pygmy Nuthatches flew in from the east and landed 15' overhead in a 10 year old, leafless, Dawn Redwood tree. The trunk was only a few inches thick up that high and they just hopped around in the outer branches, pecked at a few cones which were likely seedless due to no pollination, and then flew back out the way they had come in. The lighting/view was poor, looking up into the sky, and i couldn't see the colors, but their little bodies, almost no tail and blunt heads with tiny bills were unmistakable. They were uncharacteristically silent the whole time which was a little troublesome but I can't imagine what else they could have been. I drove around the neighborhood listening for them and then walked around in Kenilworth park, 1 block to the West, thinking they would be attracted to the 100 ft + Douglas Firs and somewhat smaller Larches, but no luck. Although common in Eastern Oregon, eBird has only 2 records west of the Cascades. A single bird seen by many & photographed Nov-Dec 2015 in Multnomah district of Portland A single bird seen by one person Feb 2016 in Beaverton (perhaps the same 'lost' bird)? Bob OBrien Carver OR Just another single-observer sight record........................................... But keep your ears peeled, they are typically very noisy including in flight. And when 'moving around' can fly quite high but still be recognizable by call\s. Growing up on the San Francisco Peninsula, the coastal race there would in rare, occasional years fly hundreds of feet overhead but easily recognized by their calls plus tiny bodies.