Toad in the Hole

April 03, 2006

Hey, John & Mary!

I was standing with a group of volunteer pruners and Dennis Makishima, their none-dare-call-him-sensei, in front of Chaparral House yesterday, and a merlin flew over us. Somebody else must still think it's winter here.

Meanwhile, the flowers are blooming, the honeybees (but not the bumblebees) were out working in spite of the fitful light rain, and the white-crowned sparrows were song-dueling and chasing each other around like mad. I heard the first golden-crowned sparrow I've heard actually singing this year. Red-shafted flicker in a sparse Coulter-looking pine next door, robins all around (also singing and chasing, but not quite so excitedly), bushtits, house- and lesser goldfinches, the neighborhood Cooper's, juncos, and -- still -- a couple of ruby-crowned kinglets, who seemed to be together. Ambiguous Spring day.

Posted at April 3, 2006 05:43 PM


You know, I've heard way less golden-crowned song than usual this year too. I don't know if numbers are down (they seem pretty much in the same proportions as usual to white-crowns around here) but yes, much less song.

Posted by: Pica at April 4, 2006 01:50 PM

I wonder if they're gettiing a late start because of the weather. They do sing before they migrate out, and I'm usually really really tired of listening to them by the time they leave.

That whiny song seems to match the weather and my mood lately. Ohhhhh deeeeaaarrr meee...

Posted by: Ron at April 5, 2006 06:26 AM