I have far fewer birds right now than last month. It appears the Orioles are now gone (both hooded and Bullock's) and I did not see the black-headed grosbeaks yesterday. I have more local birds of the finch (house and lessser) types now after nesting season and of course the other locals moutain chickadee and oak titmouse, western scrub jay and acorn woodpecker, band-tailed pigeon and mourning dove, but even the towhees seem fewer.
Soon, though, the juncos and white-crowned sparrows will return (I hope).
I have taken down one hummer feeder, but still have six up, and my neighbor (who I set up!), still has her two out. So everything is still well taken care of. I will keep all the other feeders up (but probably will remove another two hummer feeders eventually as winter sets in and visitors (black-chinned and migrating roufous) leave. But we have Anna's all year (I really don't know about year-around Allen's at this point... we will see!).
Eventually, the suet will go back out, too.
Life list: 351
24 to go
Most recent lifers: Red-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Gull-billed Tern, Palm Warbler, Lesser Nighthawk, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Little Gull, Glaucous Gull, Thayer's Gull, Ancient Murrelet, Winter Wren
This year's goal: Get life list to 375, see 315 different birds this year.
To go: 26
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