Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yellow-breasted Chat

The Yellow-breasted Chat is not common in my neighborhood, and the few that are here seem to stay in the low foothills of the Coast Range. This one I found today was far from the hills, and just a hundred yards from the Willamette River. I suspect he chose this particular spot because it's in an area that is being restored to natural habitat after being farmed for many years; just the combination of brushy tangles and young trees that this noisy, but hard to see skulker prefers. When I chatted back at him today, he popped out just long enough for me to get a quick look, and then disappeared among the leaves again. But I could still hear him... Chuh, chuh, chuh, chuh, chuh... tsew, tsew, tsew, tsew...


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