Good news

Birds won in court yesterday.

This was on Audobon’s IG feed.  Great quote from the ruling judge, “It is not only a sin to kill a mockingbird, it is also a crime.”

Liz Medes

Re: Swainson’s hawk, Hummers

Seeing and hearing Swainson’s in our west Boise hood atop tall evergreens, but at Eagle Island State Park recently three were right above me, close, in cottonwoods screaming bloody murder
Hummer report for our yard…..
looks, sounds, feels like we’re about at peak migration? with our expected three species, nearly all Black-chins, occasional Calliope, and an immature male? Rufous trying to claim our back yard
10-20-30 hums total ?  and we’re just trying to avoid the crossfire   😉

New Breeding Bird on Place

Got a new breeding bird & an example of nest parasitism all in one setting, just a bit ago. Was watching my Hummer feeder & kept hearing a persistent “zzz zzz” call. Looked on the ground beneath seed feeder & saw 4 Lincoln’s Sparrows & one larger brownish-streaked bird. And one of the Lincoln’s was busy feeding the larger bird. Took me a minute to figure out what was going on.

Finally, realized a Lincoln’s Sparrow was doing everything it could to keep up with the appetite of a juv BH Cowbird! So, my first documented Lincoln’s Sparrow nesting on place, plus another species being parasitized by BH Cowbird on place. All in one setting. 

Brian Carrigan

Calliope Hummingbirds

Yesterday, the first Calliope Hummingbird  appeared at the feeder. Today, at least 2 more have come in. 1 adult female & a couple of juveniles are hitting the feeder regularly. The Black-chinneds are still present but haven’t seen a Rufous since Fri. And no Broad-taileds as of yet. 

Also, watched a Cedar Waxwing family up in the cottonwoods, yest. At least 3 juveniles being fed by a couple of adults.

Brian Carrigan

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