The nice (overgrown berry field) habitat in the 100 block Columbia Valley Highway is being converted to a food growing farm, probably a cole crop like the west side of the road. Yea for humans, to bad for birds. Ed
Post by nickinthegarden on Mar 22, 2021 20:20:12 GMT -8
I noticed last week there were a couple guys there pulling poles from the ground, I assumed it was to resume farming. I seem to recall in years past that the Mountain Bluebirds were also spotted in other areas of the Columbia Valley, one resident I spoke with mentioned they occasionally got them around their place. So hopefully they continue to use the area and we can still see them when they pass through. I was at the Hope Airport this morning hoping to see the Mountain Bluebirds. There was a tractor pulling a brush cutter along the side of the road between the fence and the road on the south side. There was also a guy with a chainsaw cutting down some of the small trees. What that will do to all the small species that stop there to rest as they migrate through... I also noticed there were piles on the runway covered with tarps. Perhaps this material is to fill in all the holes made by the moles.
Yes I’ve seen Mtn Bluebirds at or near a horse farm with swallow nest boxes occasionally but the overgrown berry farm was a sure bet for a number of years. I’m sure the Blubirds will do fine just not sure we will find a reliable spot to see them. Perhaps it doesn’t matter🤷♂️.
Saw two males today on Campbell Road near McDermott today.
On Tuesday we saw a female at the same location as the ones I saw on the 13th. Must be something appealing about that little row of newly-planted trees along the south side of Campbell.
Just around the corner we came across a bit of a drama. A Harrier female had grabbed an American Wigeon and was struggling a bit with it as they're a bit better suited to dispatching mice. What was interesting (amusing is the wrong word for this situation) were the Mallards in the background waddling calmly past the drama.