Elden Spring: not many migrants...Calliope Hummingbird
11 Sep 2016, 9:12 AM,
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Elden Spring: not many migrants...Calliope Hummingbird
It seems like our recent high pressure weather has had the effect of clearing out the migrants from around Elden Spring. Very few birds were present this AM of any kind. I found only ONE warbler, a Virginia's and also found one Plumbeous Vireo. Townsend's Solitaire numbers seem to be increasing, which is a sure sign of fall.

Hummingbird numbers have dropped somewhat, though I heard a couple Anna's Hummingbirds and also spotted this diminutive Calliope Hummingbird (opinions welcome, my level of confidence on these juvenile/female type birds is always a bit low - my ID is based on overall small size and structure and very short squared-off tail with wingtips extending past the tail tip):

   

   

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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11 Sep 2016, 10:47 AM,
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RE: Elden Spring: not many migrants...Calliope Hummingbird
One other notable migrant to report. Just after I typed this up I looked up at Elden from the backyard and was surprised to see a Swainson's Hawk circling around with a gorup of vultures. It flew right over my house (yardbird!) for nice close looks.

Jason
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