It’s fall, I live in Benicia, Ca., which is just across the Bay from San Francisco on the Sacramento River, and just down the road from the Sacramento Delta area. My backyard is also right in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, and wild birds travel back and forth above my house as they migrate from one area to another. The best part is when some of these birds stop off in my yard to "refuel" before continuing their flights north or south.
Let’s see … the "red-shafted" flicker arrived a couple of weeks ago and is still screaming from the top of one of my redwood trees. The golden-crowned sparrows and the white-crowned sparrows landed in their little flocks last weekend, along with the "Oregon" juncos. And a male rufous hummingbird popped out of nowhere to start annoying the male Anna’s hummingbird that thinks he owns my yard. Unfortunately for the Anna’s, the tiny rufous can fly rings around it. Soon, I’ll be lying awake at night listening to the big flocks of honkers as they cruise by above my yard heading for the Delta. I’m still wondering what happened to the orioles. They’re usually here by now, sucking my hummingbird feeders dry.
Hey, can you tell I like the fall? What about you? Anything new in your yard?