The seasons keep rolling along, and with them, the birds. Sadly, just in the last few days we’ve noticed that the “whit” and song of the Swainson’s Thrush has vanished from around our home in Netarts. We miss awakening to this sure sign of summer. On the other hand, shorebirds are on the move. Yesterday we saw some 30 Least Sandpipers in Bay City. A Baird’s Sandpiper has shown up in the county, as have Wandering Tattlers. The Brown Pelicans are numerous in the bays, with their orderly flights and their amazing plunges. Our feeders have been very busy. Yesterday we had American Goldfinch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, House Finch, Band-tailed Pigeon, Hairy Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, Steller’s Jay (including a young one still sporting a gape and brownish back and shoulders), and both Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds. Turkey Vultures, Great Egrets, Crows, and Bald Eagles flew overhead. Speaking of Bald Eagles- the nest that has been present and successful in the tall fir just north of the Whisky Creek shellfish hatchery for several years unexpectedly blew down sometime this early summer. Fortunately, the eaglet fledged successfully before that happened. I am curious whether the nest will be rebuilt. I certainly hope so.
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