The snowstorm dumped around 10 inches in Jacks Valley Saturday, and we
were inundated with feeder birds! Among the siskins and goldfinches, we have
a lot more juncos, chickadees and nuthatches than ever before, even during
some of the past big winters.
After something large hit one of our west windows yesterday, we looked
out and saw a large raptor flying low, freaking the quail out (which is
probably what hit the window). A quick glance at the fast flying raptor, and
I knew it wasn't our resident female Cooper's. When it landed, I could see
that it was an immature peregrine falcon, with very distinctive facial
marks! The first sighting of this species for us here, just south of Carson
Since the Lawrence's goldfinch male came here after the last snow storm
in October, we've been watching for him to no avail. I'm doing the bird
census program through Cornell, so am watching closely and will notify those
of you who wanted to see him the last time if he returns. Haven't forgotten
We are also experiencing Western Gray Squirrels for the first time in
Jacks Valley. They're a forest and foothill creature and we are neither
habitat here. We now have two nesting in a tall Austrian pine and eating at
the bird feeders. They're much more entertaining than the California Ground
Squirrels we have so many of. Either we're seeing range expansion and
evolution in action, or someone dumped the grays here.
Good birding, Linda Hiller
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."