Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring birds


Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch

American Robin
Robin

Audubon's Wraber
Audubon's Warbler

We went to Andulka Park and encountered some early migrants.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Delaware Birds

Mike had business in Delaware and found time to go birding along the Brandywine River in Wilmington. It's not quite spring and the migration hadn't started yet. However, it was fun for him to see all the birds we encountered duringNJ winters. Here are some of the best photos.

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse


Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

He also saw a junco, a pair of bufflehead, a chickadee, and a blue jay and heard a white-breasted nuthatch.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hermit Thrush

We haven't been getting out birding much, but a few migrating birds have dropped by.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Birding in Kauai

Red-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby


White-rumped Shama Japanese White-eye
White-rumped Shama Japanese White-eye
Laysan Albatross Red-crested Cardinal
Laysan Albatross Red-crested Cardinal
Chestnut Mannikin (Chestnut Munia) Red Avadavat
Chestnut Munia Red Avadavat
Java Sparrow Nene (Hawaiian Goose) and Goslings
Java Sparrow Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
Apapane Anianiau
Apapane Anianiau
Common Myna Pacific Golden Plover
Common Myna Pacific Golden Plover

We know it's supposed to be a California Bird Blog, but we recently got back from a week in Kauai. We did get some birding in. The Red-crested Cardinal, a bird that we only caught a glimpse of in Trinidad, was quite common and even came to the railing of the hotel deck. The Japanese White-eye was a fun little bird. The highlight was the I'iwi, but Mike didn't get a photo so we'll have to settle for the Apapane and Anianiau for endemic birds. The Red Avadavat was a surprise that Chris spotted. The Chestnut Mannikin was interesting too. We didn't get close to where the red-footed boobies roost, but Mike got a shot of one flying by.



Saturday, January 4, 2014

Painted Redstart: San Diego

Mike has been wanting to see the Painted Redstart that had been reported in San Diego for a few weeks. We left early today about 7:30 am for the drive down. The bird did not disappoint! It was still hanging out in the same tree it was earlier seen in, and it was a fun bird to watch. It would frequently chase the Townsend Warblers out of the tree and then come back to its favorite branches. It is quite acrobatic and fast moving. It is next to a fairly busy road, but when traffic would calm down, we could hear its call. We spent some time watching it around 9 am but it was a bit cloudy, so we left for some other birding spots and came back to it around 11 am. The second time the light was better and we stayed about an hour. A few other birders were there enjoying it too.