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By Chuck Cagara
Well, I hope you are all well and safe as we confront today's difficult circumstances. I hope my photos will provide a pleasant diversion from the darker news of the day.
Today I was delighted to welcome the season's first Hooded Oriole to the yard for what I hope will be a long stay through late Spring and into Summer. My inducements include nectar, jelly and meal worms! And, if past is prologue, we can hope for six or seven males to visit the yard along with their mates in the coming days. Woo-hoo! When it rains, it pours! Last year we also had the elusive Western Tanager for a few weeks and would be thrilled if it came back.
Now, that's an odd-colored squirrel you might be thinking. I thought so too, being used to the slate-colored Western Grey Squirrel that I normally expect to see. Turns out this one is a non-native Eastern Fox Squirrel, introduced in the early 1900s by settlors heading west. Note the reddish-brown "foxy" coloration. Hence the name. Am I wrong on this one, readers? Is it, in fact, a Western Grey?
Finally, we have the colorful Rufous-Sided Towhee which is now called the Spotted Towhee on the west coast notyed for its brilliant red eye.
Over and out for the moment. Again, stay well, stay safe...