Our orioles seem to have left town. The males started thinning out a couple of weeks ago while at the same time the number of females/juveniles appeared to peak. Just a couple of days past on August 8 I had 5 hooded and 2 Bullock’s at my jelly feeder. Today and yesterday one-or-so birds. We’ll probably have a few lingering birds for a few days or weeks, but we won’t see large numbers until about the last week in March.
Hopefully we’ll have a few wintering birds, like last winter when a female Bullock’s and 2 male Scott’s spent the winter.
Ditto black-headed grosbeaks.
But in exchange for the orioles we’ve had nice numbers of lazuli buntings and Wilson’s warblers, a few western tanagers, warbling vireos and today, a MacGillivray’s warbler. All these birds are on their fall migration – south. The fall migration leisurely in comparison to the frantic spring migration. So we should have some nice migrating birds in town through early November. Perhaps we’ll see a rose-breasted grosbeak or pinyon jay this year. Watch the sky!
Finally, the town’s Harris hawks recently got together for a gab fest.