Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August wrap up

No pictures today but thought I’d do a quick wrap, even though there is still a week or more of this month to go, but wanted to let you faithful followers that there won’t be anything new on the site for probably a couple of weeks ~ we’re heading out in search of some salt water and hopefully something a bit different ~ maybe even a whale.

So in summary, Brown Headed Cowbirds, Bullock’s Orioles and most of the Rufous Hummingbirds have left (I understand from following the Back Yard Bird Count Face Book Group that they are all in California about now!).  There are still lots of really young birds around, mainly Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and Towhee….forming flocks are the American Goldfinch and Red-wing Blackbirds.  Still some Barn Swallows as well with late fledglings, but they all look like they’d really be liking to get a move on.  Black-cap Chickadees are still throughout the area but haven’t seen a Chestnut-backed for a while.

Out on the water, the Canada Geese seem to have pretty much finished their molt and are becoming more active and Great Blue Heron are seen flying about more often, as are the Belted Kingfisher ~ we’ll be seeing and hearing more of them for the next 3 or 4 months ~ not sure why, but that seems to be the time of the year they are most prominent.

By the time I get back in early September the water should be down where it should be and migration should be well underway and hopefully things will start to get interesting.  Remember is was mid-September, I guess 2 years ago now when we had the Great Egret show up.  See you in September!

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