Daily Observations

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

I took a walk downtown today to see if I could get another look at the Nashville Warbler.

Weather: It was clear for most of the day with only a little bit of light wind. As the day wore on, a line of overcast gradually approached from the south. It was nearing town around sunset.

Birds: I did not find the warbler today, though someone else had seen it in the morning. I did not really spend much time looking, so I would not consider my lack of sighting strong evidence that the bird has moved on.

There was a Hermit Thrush in front of the Armstrong Building. I also saw a Golden-crowned Sparrow feeding on the grass of the Lincoln Street greenbelt across from the Russian Bishop’s House.

On my way back, I saw four Bohemian Waxwings. I first heard them as I walked under a tree in front of the Simple Pleasures shop on Harbor Drive. I felt a little chagrined that I had not seen them, but was happy to have noticed their chirring calls as I walked underneath them. I was about to take a picture of one when someone shut their car door and they all scattered. I watched their flight as long as I could, but lost them. I was trying to decided whether to go look for them when I saw they had ultimately looped back and landed in a tree across the street. They did not stay long in that tree, but came back to the same area several times and I was able to get a couple of photos. I am not sure why they were so flighty. There really were not very many Mountain Ash berries for them to eat (though I did see them find and eat a couple), so that might have had something to do with it.

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