In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said: I wonder if one of the birds in one video may have been a female or immature Evening Grosbeak
I expect you mean this one, GB:
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you're right! Looking at it in the cold light of day (except it's gone 2 o'clock in the morning ) ... The yellow bill should have been a strong pointer, I can't think what swayed me to Pine
There was a YouTuber who used to assist with and correct a lot of my Starr Ranch California IDs, he was amazing despite being based over the other side of the country in Connecticut, I think. I've messaged him via a comment on one of his videos but the last time I did that, a few years ago, he ignored me.
Thank you very much for taking an interest (((GB)))
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In reply to scylla:
Who were they in such a hurry to get away from?
Aha! That was quick - response from expert bird ID-er on YouTube:
I've dropped a hint that I'd like more info.
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In reply to WendyBartter:
WendyBartter said:Hi Scylla, have sent you PM!
You know me so well, alerting me to your msg here
What a coincidence that the Barn Owl Trust is involved - I was going to post this good news which a UK member posted on Starr Ranch.
Thank you, Wendy
This Cowbird was dive-bombed by the Evening Grosbeak you can just see behind it. I've noticed that the Cowbird isn't popular.
They came to a peaceful settlement:
I was about to do "Pine Grosbeaks on snowy feeder" but too darn tired so am saving it for later.
Cowbird was dive-bombed by the Evening Grosbeak you can just see behind it. I've noticed that the Cowbird isn't popular.
It looks like a junco in the foreground to me! No?
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In reply to CC:
CC said:It looks like a junco in the foreground to me! No?
Yes! Dark-eyed Junco. My eyes were nearly closed but I did notice the whitish breast, dismissed it and carried on my merry way, sorry! And thank you
I'm stlll off-duty, trying to chill.
scylla said:I was about to do "Pine Grosbeaks on snowy feeder" but too darn tired so am saving it for later.
Here's the first bit. I ended up not editing this because it shows the continuing behaviour of one particular female, what a harridan!
Next it was a male Evening Grosbeak driving off everyone else:
Here was the Dark-eyed Junco again (are they sometimes called "slate"? can't remember):
The snow was deeper last night:
The Cooper's Hawk (???) came for a rest, got buzzed by Squirrel:
Red-bellied Woodpecker came right after the hawk:
No idea - it's quite a good view, maybe CC or GB's US birder will know:
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