Hi Fraser Valley Birders: At 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Saturday, March 17th, the two male Mountain Bluebirds, and the Say's Phoebe were present at the exact same spot as previously described, at the Hope Airport. When I finished my run, I didn't see them, but, by then, it was raining harder, and the wind was blowing. Probably hunkered down somewhere. I can't see them leaving the site in this weather. Unfortunately for anyone wanting to see them, from outside Hope, Highway 1 is still closed, and there is tons of traffic on the alternate route because of Spring Break. I am sure it will have tapered off by tomorrow. If anyone needs specific directions, give me a call. Cheers, Thor
Post by josterhold on Mar 18, 2007 14:13:11 GMT -8
hello birders adrienne, anika and i walked around the hope airport sunday morning in search of the mountain bluebirds and the say's phoebe. we did not see the say's phoebe but did see the 2 male mountain bluebirds. we also saw 3 northern shrikes; 1 adult bird and 2 immature birds; the adult bird was calling from the top of a shrub near the wind sock. also, there was a single violet-green swallow flying down the middle of the airport. there must be close to 2500 american robins around the airport; singing and calling. cool to see so many. also, highway 1 is now open.
Jason: Glad to hear you got a chance to see the bluebirds. There may be a third male as well, as I saw a flash of blue flying amongst a large group of robins west of the terminal building. Just after that I ran into Mac and his wife in the usual spot for the bluebirds, and they had just seen two. Neither Mac or I saw the phoebe today either, so it may have moved on: it must be a good foul weather navigator!! Mac saw a Shrike, but I didn't. I think I am running too fast!! Nice spotting on the swallow. After my run, I watched one of the bluebirds feeding, wondering how they survive in these early spring days. It acted just like a robin, probing the ground for food. Hoping for better weather. Cheers, Thor