NFR Western Tanagers/Black Headed Grosbeaks

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  1. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Maybe some male goldfinches in the process of turning from winter to spring color ? At one point they look sort of greyish yellow that might look green from a distance.
     
  2. Mark Mercer

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    Cool thread, I've always enjoyed our little feathered friends, especially their songs (and feathers), but don't know the names of very many, but I'm working on it. Thanks Alex for the video of the Swainson's Thrush I'll have to keep my ears open for that.
    Those Western Tanager's certainly have some nice plumage....I can think of a few places I could use those.
     
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  3. riseform

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    Went out looking for a W. Tanager this weekend without much luck. I did stumble across a pileated woodpecker, flycatcher and my old friend Annie, the owl.
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  4. Rob Allen

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    we got a pair of black headed grosbeaks this morning... very beautiful birds

    so far this year we have feed

    chickadees both black capped and chestnut caped
    Pine Siskins
    Nuthatch
    bushtits
    rufus sided towhee
    varied thrush
    goldfinches both lessers and Americans
    hairy woodpecker
    Downey wood pecker
    evening Grosbeak
    song sparrows
    house finches
    rufus hummer
    Anna's hummer
    starlings
    Robins
    yellow rumped warbler
    Oregon Juncos
    cassins finch
    crows
    house sparrows
    and every few weeks we see the Coopers hawk in the back yard.
     
  5. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Great thread! I love all the birds everybody has mentioned (especially the crows), but one of my favorites has to be the varied thrush. It's plaintive whistle in the gloom of early morning in the forest is positively primeval. It's one of the things I love most about the Pacific Northwest.

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  6. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    It's nice to see folks enjoying the many birds we have here. There was a time when I did a lot of bird watching, I just don't seem to have the time now. In acouple of years I'll have plenty of time( fingers crossed).
     
  7. Greg Armstrong

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    Ditto that, Kent. They even sing that plaintive call in the depths of winter. Unusual that they do that, as most birds are relatively silent during the winter months.
    The call of the Varied Thrush takes me way back to when I was a kid growing up here.
     
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  8. Greg Armstrong

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    Chris,
    It's easy - there's two times I watch birds;

    1) at our backyard birdfeeder and, 2) whenever I'm fishing!!!
     
  9. Birdsnest

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    We had a pair of varied thrushes at our house about 1-2 months ago. They hung around for a couple of weeks. I was thinking we might end up with a nest of them in our yard, but then the pine siskins swarmed in and no more thrushes.

    A great place to see Western Tanagers is Lake Chopaka in June.
     
  10. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    The varied thrushes tend to hang out at the feeders for a couple of months in late winter / early spring. They head to deeper cover during the nesting / rearing season. Pretty typical of the thrushes, excpet for robins.

    We have a pair of band-tailed pigeons that like to visit the feeders. Pretty bird with bright yellow feet.

    A lot of nice birds up at Chopaka.
     
  11. riseform

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    Yeah, yeah... I'm a little late to the Tanager party, but got these guys yesterday.
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  12. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Hey Alex, I too want to thank you for the Swainson's Thrush video/recording. Since moving out here in 2001, I've heard that song many, many times and each time, wondered about the bird that sang such a distinct, haunting song. Now I know......Thanks! What a source this forum is!!
     
  13. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Ah Kent, you might like my new fishing tee shirt then!
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