Brockman Lane birds

Observers: Chris McCreedy
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Date: 09/05/2006
Time: 03:48 PM -0400


One of my favorite things is to bird the fencerows on Brockman Lane, trying to see as many species as I can while I get my oil changed. This morning I saw 38, but I counted 14 different species of starlings. There were 3 Lewis's Woodpeckers soaring overhead, circling, not exactly kettling, but they didn't really seem to know where they were going either. Are they diurnal migrants? There were 2 Willow Flycatchers (or maybe the same one twice); unfortunately, all 2-4 of their legs were unbanded. Yellow Warblers chased each other in the cottonwoods like fish in an aquarium. There were BRSP, but no White-crowned Sparrows yet. And while Audubon's Warblers are running amok on the Mono Basin floor, I didn't see any on Brockman. And a quick experiment: I cleaned my windshield at the Piute Palace, and bugs didn't start hitting it until I got to the top of the Sherwin Grade.