Seven of us enjoyed near perfect weather for Saturday's trip to
Brookhill Ranch. We tallied 65 species which sets a new benchmark for
our International Migratory Bird Count. As always, some birds were
more cooperative than others. Some of the highlights were good looks
at a Yellow Warbler (a 1st for us at Brookhill, Summer Tanagers in
various plumages, Orchard Orioles, Wood Ducks with ducklings and a
Green Heron. Two Brown-headed Nuthatches worked a dead snag only a
few yards away. We all heard a Scarlet Tanager but he refused to come
into view. A couple of us saw a Gray-cheeked Thrush, another first
for us during this count.
Although the June 5th hummingbird banding trip was cancelled due to a
scheduling conflict, an alternative trip is being planned for later in
the month. This will be announced via the June meeting and
HSVbirds.org. Hope you can join us.