Field Notes

Yellow warblers, like this one at Oxbow Bend, have been seen in the valley in the past week.

According to Bert’s rule, summer is here. Susan Patla saw and heard her first western wood-pewee June 4 near her home in Idaho. Enjoy.

Early the week of June 1, a painted bunting visited the bird feeder of K.O. Strohbehn in East Jackson. What a brilliantly colored, showy little fellow she reports.

Bryan Bedrosian reports that ravens are fledging.

Spring bird activity may have peaked in Wes and Shirley Timmerman’s yard this past week. Nearby nesting red-tailed hawks glide and circle overhead. Current nesters include three pairs of American robins, one pair of yellow warblers, one pair of tree swallows), one pair of black-capped chickadees, white-crowned sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets and house finches. Several pairs of Bullock’s orioles and western tanagers were attracted to oranges and the liquid oriole feeder until the 80-degree weather hit, and then they were gone. A couple of pairs each of evening grosbeaks and black-headed grosbeaks are continuing to stick around. As for hummingbirds, black-chinned, broad-tailed and numerous calliope are acting like they are right at home, which they probably are. A pair each of redwing and Brewer’s blackbirds are seen most days. Pine siskins are up in the feeder and on the ground below, along with Cassin’s finches. Wes and Shirley observed numerous cedar waxwings June 4 taking inventory and snacking on nearly ready-to-bloom hawthorn flower buds.

In town, Susan Marsh has heard olive-sided flycatchers calling, (quick, three beers!) and she has seen magpie young out of the nest with no tails.

John Hebberger Jr. has had swarms of pine siskins, regular black-headed grosbeaks, chickadees, nuthatches. The only standout has been the first brilliant male goldfinch of the season.

Up in Grand Teton National Park at the Oxbow, John reports the great blue herons remain active on their nests (there are three nests as best John can tell), yellow warblers, white crowned sparrows, sandhill cranes, osprey, bald eagles, wigeons, lots of Canada geese, a few mallards. The arrowleaf balsamroot is about at a peak, as is the lupine and larkspur.

In Buffalo Valley, Deb Patla had a rose-breasted grosbeak male at the suet feeder briefly twice June 1 and then not again. She also reported a pair of sandhill cranes flying low and calling a duet yesterday. Sad. Deb interpreted that to mean their nest failed.

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