Post by nickinthegarden on Jan 2, 2019 12:22:01 GMT -8
I went to check it out first thing this morning and I was still beat by several other people. It is very actively feeding on the Mahonia bushes and it will not be long before they are stripped bare. In previous years those bushes never held their flowers long, likely they are popular with other birds also. In many of the images I took it's beak was caked in what I suspect is pollen as it would build up and then fall off as it fed on the flowers. It did seem to drive off the hummingbird when it came around and many Bushtits, Chickadees and American Goldfinches came by also. I would not wait too long to check it out. Thank you Neal for sharing you sighting.
What a beautiful bird. Larry Hooge, Ed Klassen and I were at the spot at first light and found it right away. Hope it stays for many birders to find it. Thanks Niel for originally discovering this warbler. John Vooys, Abbotsford,
I just returned from viewing this bird on my lunch break - fortunately it's less than 5 minutes from my office. I of course did not have binoculars but Ed was kind enough to let me take a peek through his, thanks Ed!
Post by nickinthegarden on Jan 2, 2019 13:18:42 GMT -8
I need to add some addition information to my earlier post. I was going through some of my photos and I realized it was putting it's beak into the flower, not eating the petals themselves. In checking on the Audubon site they indicate in winter it consumes nectar like hummingbirds, so perhaps the petals are just dropping due to have a beak stuffed in in there and being shaken lose.