[va-richmond-general] Re: Tidbits

  • From: WEalding@xxxxxxx
  • To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:10:59 EDT

I keep my hummingbird feeder up until early December unless we have a  really 
hard frost.  In 2001 we got a female Rufous by doing that.
Wendy  Ealding

In a message dated 8/25/2005 2:39:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
featherchaser@xxxxxxxxxx writes:

A little birdy news...
Well, my three little baby wrens were up and  gone by the weekend...shame, I 
wanted to sneak a photo of those fuzzy little  faces in as keepsake.  Haven't 
seen the parents have have heard  Carolina's still trilling and scolding in 
the vicinity so maybe it's  them.
There are presently 6 American Goldfinches  cooperatively playing nice and 
vacuuming in the niger thistle seeds from the  "seed sock" feeder out front 
now.  Not only have I never seen as  many finches on that feeder at one time, 
but they weren't trying to chase  each other off, either, and that's a first! 
 Usually if there's more  than 2 on there at once, the chasing ensues.  
Everyone's so hungry and  so nice to each other...must mean a weather change.  
Anyone else seen  this?
The Bully Male Ruby-throated was out-smarted by the two  females at my 
feeder.  They've managed to stop in a get a few meals  while either luring him 
or when he's not up on his guardpost, and good  on them!  For those Hummie 
enthusiasts, how long do you usually keep  your feeders up in this area?  I was 
thinking early October, but what's  been your observations?
The pair of Green Herons are back at the little lake in  the neighborhood 
where I live, and they were flying laps and clucking loudly  there on Sunday.  
Nice to have them back, they've been here the past  two summers (and just 
me and let me think it's the same two  characters, even if they aren't, 
Hiked with Jan Johnson at Dutch Gap on Tuesday; Great  Egrets there at last.  
Haven't seen as many there this year as in the  preceeding few years.  Nice 
to have them back again (even if the Great  Blues aren't happy about it!).
While hiking at Pocahontas yesterday, I spied a female  Ruby-throated dancing 
amongst the Orange jewelweed and Cardinal flower,  sipping nectar.  Very 
lovely to watch, and of course, no camera.   Figures.  Spied a female 
as well, perched on an overhanging  tree pretty far back up the creek system.
Well, since the list's been a little quiet I thought I'd  post something 
bird-related.  See you all soon at the meeting or  whatever.
Irene in Southside


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