This morning my neighborhood was swamped with hungry western tanagers. They seemed to like the dessicated berries from last fall’s crop of pyracantha. One male discovered the jelly feeder and allowed a close approach while he gorged. Many black-headed grosbeaks in my yard – mostly females. Three adult male Bullock’s orioles at the same time. Several male hooded and a few females of both species. One yellow warbler, a dull warbling vireo and a shy female blue grosbeak, a Swainson’s thrush and a getting-late white-crowned sparrow. The tricolored blackbirds were either roosting in the trees or scrounging for seed on the ground with the house sparrows, black-headed grosbeaks, brown-headed cowbirds, house finches and Brewer’s blackbirds.
At the lake there was a very bright warbling vireo along with the tricolored blackbirds, Pacific loon, Virginia rail, a pair of killdeer and the usual characters.
The spa is nearly ready to open. I was given a tour of the place and I was impressed by the overall finishing and detail. The southwest style, especially the dining patio, is very inviting. Nice bar which will be popular if only because its the only watering hole in town!! Its supposed to open May 8. We’ll see.