I spent the weekend at a cabin in the Paddy Flat area northeast of Donnelly. A bird feeder with black sunflower seeds hanging from a piece of L-shaped rebar steadily drew a couple of mountain chickadees and a red-breasted nuthatch. A merry band of chipmunks were all too happy to scavenge the dropped seeds.
We’ve had some cooler, windy fronts start coming through since Tue evening, along E ID Snake River. Dropped to 46° the other evening. And, with the weather change, a noticeable decrease in fall migrants coming through. Just 3 juv BC & Calliope Hummingbirds hitting nectar since Wed evening. Appears the Yellow Warblers, Bullock’s Orioles, Lazuli Buntings, BH Grosbeaks & House Wrens are gone. The only warblers I observed from spring until now were Yellows & Wilson’s, not even a Yellow-rumped this summer! Sad!
But, did just see an old friend. A MacGillivray’s Warbler working through underbrush a few minutes ago. Brings back memories of Univ TX Ornithology Prof & me observing & recording a rare one for Tarrant County, TX many yrs ago. Unfortunately, the MacGillivray’s at my current location has, pretty much, heralded the end of fall songbird migrants pushing through. Plan to fill hummingbird feeder once more, then probably call it quits for the season.
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