Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Like A Bird On A Wire...

  ... there it was. Our first sighting of a Say's Phoebe. In fact, we had never even heard of it before.

I photographed it and sent the pic to my brother and sister-in-law to see if they knew what it was. They knew right away. The Say's Phoebe is only in our area during their migrations, whereas they spend non-breeding time where my brother and SIL live. We always love seeing a new bird. 

We also love seeing a beautiful familiar bird like this lovely little American Goldfinch sitting on a blackberry vine.

And a crow (or is it a raven?) getting ready to take off from a pole. 

It's always a delight for us when our paths cross with our feathered friends, especially a new one for us. 

24 comments:

  1. We certainly have crows here in UK, but I don't know the other 2. I know that our robins ( my favourite) are different to yours. I shall soon start to fill the bird feeders again as the weather gets colder and look forward to seeing them in front of my kitchen window. Mainly House and hedge sparrows, bluetits and coal tits and great tits. It is always nice to see the rarer ones too, but doesn't happen very often. I agree with your reply to my comment yesterday that it is lovely to learn about the differences between countries through reading ( and writing) blogs.I have about 5 US friends and am always finding new things to look up, or ask about. It is often food items that seem so unusual!

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    1. Frances-- I love that you feed the birds there. We used to have a big bird feeder when we lived in the Sierra foothills here. But we stopped feeding birds when we moved back to the coast. Now we just feed the hummingbirds. When we lived in the foothills the bears used to knock down our feeders and sometimes the hawks would hunt the birds when they were eating. So we stopped. I miss them.

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  2. That Say's Phoebe is new to me also. It must be exciting to see a new to you bird.

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    1. Patti-- We loved seeing that bird. It's a fly-catcher so doesn't sit around for very long. A true little migrating beauty.

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    Must be so great to have an identifier in the family.

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    1. Patti-- He's the one who introduced us to birdwatching!

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  4. Those are such clear, sharp photos, Robin Andrea! I love seeing different types of birds too but can rarely identify them! Well done!

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    1. EllenD-- We're always on the look out for new birds in our neighborhood. They do show up sometimes!

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  5. I don't think we get Phoebes down here, at least I've never seen one. and Goldfinches only when they are migrating through but never in their mating colors, Crows, now, we have them. great pictures.

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    1. ellen-- We have Black Phoebes here all year. They are fly-catchers like this Say's Phoebe, so they hunt our yard pretty often. Crows seem to be omnipresent!

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  6. Migration time is a good time to see birds. Yesterday was my good day. I had 9 species in my yard until the merlin went through.

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    1. Red-- We were so happy to see a new (to us) bird. What a delight. Nine species in your yard is a lot!

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  7. Love your Say's Phoebe. I'd say that's a good sign. I've only seen Black Phoebes in California. Up here, we're hearing Canada Geese along with a variety of birds' songs, but I'm not seeing the birds themselves and have been wondering about the identities of the songbirds.

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    1. am-- We were so happy to see a bird we had never seen before. A lovely little beauty. There is a website called ebird.org that groups bird sightings by areas. I'm sure you'll be able to go there and look at the sightings that people have ID'ed in your neck of the woods.

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  8. seeing such lovely birds is utterly optimistic! Our bird population has dwindled here, we are left with the heartiest of the lot. sea gulls, crows and jays- none of them sing well.

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    1. Linda Sue-- Yes! Optimistic, that's the word that describes the moment. Thank you for that. We do see some interesting birds here during migration season.

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  9. I'm not sure I've ever seen a phoebe like that one. The goldfinch is beautiful too!

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    1. Steve-- The Say's Phoebe has a fairly western range in the US and Canada. So you'll have to come west to see it!

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  10. We have Say's Phoebes here most of the year.

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    1. Catalyst-- That is so cool. They are such beautiful little fly-catchers. We have Black Phoebes here most of the year.

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  11. These birds have the same attitude as the heron in your last post. I wonder what their communal reality is right now?

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    1. 37paddington-- I love your question about their communal reality. Maybe the goldfinch and raven were wondering about the new bird migrating through!

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  12. Beautiful. I often wish I was a bird, but I guess their lives can be pretty precarious.

    I've just discovered that we actually don't have 'crows' in our part of the world. So I have been watching a 'raven' family who are now living on our block. The youngster has different coloured eyes and a very red mouth - which I assume stimulates the parents to feed it. And they do! Lately they have been trying to teach their offspring to feed itself, but it keeps on asking them for food. I guess it's going to take a while before the young one is ready to look after itself - even though it can fly well now and looks nearly fully grown.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Sometimes I wonder what life might be like as a different living creature. I can't really decide on what I'd choose. Some are hunters and some are the hunted. It's a bit haunting.
      I love that you are watching ravens teach their offspring. Sweet. I hope that young one learns well and has a good long life.

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