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Photos taken at Casa Santa Ana feeding station
courtesy of owner John McClung

Not much of a photo, but illustrative of the mayhem around the feeders when the Ruby-throats are migrating. This picture was taken in very early October. There always are Buff-bellieds buzzing around the grounds, and occasional Black-chinned and Rufous. It's amazing how much sugar water these tiny birds can consume in a day, particularly in the evenings when they seem to set aside at least some of their daytime aggressiveness and satisfy themselves tanking up on manmade nectar. The orioles—mainly Altamira and Hooded—also enjoy an occasional run at the feeders.

ALTAMIRA ORIOLE

CACTUS WREN:  Occasional at CSA, these big wrens are furtive skulkers part of the time, bold showoffs when it pleases them.  Although not uncommon in the central Valley, they are more common on the west end, up around Falcon Lake State Park, where the vegetation is more in keeping with their arid habitat preferences.


BLACK-CRESTED TITMOUSE--First it was a separate species, then it was lumped with the other U.S. titmice, then it became a full species again a few years ago.  In any event, it's a delightful, energetic, constantly moving Valley specialty bird.  This one is about to drink from the water drip at the CSA feeding station.

 
Casa Santa Ana
3239 South Tower Road
Alamo, Texas 78516
(956) 783-5540

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