[EBB Sightings] Midsummer's herald

[EBB Sightings] Midsummer's herald

lepson
Wed Aug 02 11:00:27 PDT 2006
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    In years past, I would get a Phainopepla or two in our typical suburban
    Livermore yard a couple of times each summer, nearly always at sunset in
    July.  I haven't seen any here for at least 5 years, so I was pleased to
    have one again yesterday at sunset.  I first saw what I thought was likely
    a female Phainopepla flying by about a block away.  A few minutes later, a
    female came in from that direction and landed at the top of our neighbor's
    redwood.
    
    A few minutes later as I was enjoying a young Black-headed Grosbeak in our
    cherry, I saw an approaching falcon.  By size and flight it seemed to be
    either a Peregrine or Prairie, but I was unable to get a good look as it
    past behind the trees.  My best guess, based on rather pale facial
    markings, is Prairie.
    
    I've been hearing grosbeak "squit" calls for the past week, and yesterday
    I finally saw two at the sunflower feeder.  I don't recall having them
    here in the summer before, only as migrants.  Perhaps the growth along the
    Arroyo Mocho has developed into habitat.
    
    
    Good birding to all,
    
    Jaan Lepson
    Livermore
    
    


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