Thursday, May 7, 2015

Western tanager

Western Tanager

With all the fuss over the hummingbird, we forgot to mention the western tanagers that have stopped at our loquat tree during the spring migration.

Empty nesters



We missed the first flight of the fledglings from last year's hummingburd nest, so we tried hard to take videos this year. Luckily, Mike called Chris on the phone just as the last one was leaving the nest, so there is a narration of sorts of this video.

Watch on YouTube

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hummingbirds: safe and sound.


After a scare last weekend, things have returned to normal at the hummingbird nest. They are growing and the mother feeds regularly. Sometimes, we think she purposely sits on the babies to prevent them from being rowdy.

Friday's hummingbird photos.

Friday's hummingbird photos.


Allen's hummingbird baby: if I sit on you, will you behave?


Monday, April 27, 2015

Hummingbird rescue

We have a camera set up that takes pictures of the hummingbird nest every few minutes and transmits them to the Internet. Yesterday, we noticed one baby missing from the nest. After verifying with a few more photos that the baby was missing, we started looking for it under the nest.  We found it a few feet away and scooped it up and put it back.  After a while, it settled in next to its sibling and we were relieved when the mother returned and fed them both.

They should fledge in about a week, and we will be nervously watching and hoping it doesn't fall out again.

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue, back in the nest

We think the mother has got the message. Today, a windy day, she sat on the nest on top of the chicks.


Allen's Hummingbird: Back on the nest.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

A few days of photos from our birdbaths


Finches and goldfinches
Finches and Goldfinches


Leucistic Goldfinch
Leucistic Goldfinch

Hummingbird at the bubbler
Hummingbird

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

Hooded Orioles
Hooded Orioles

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Black-headed grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hummingbird nest update

Finally, two baby Allen's Hummingbirds are visible.

We had the first sign that the hummingbird eggs hatched on Saturday. Instead of just sitting on the nest, the mother was observed standing on the side with her beak inside the nest. we didn't want to get close to peek in, so we waited patiently a few days. Finally today, we got a photo of the mother feeding. There were two tiny beaks visible.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Female Hooded Oriole at the bird bath

Hip, hip, hooray, the hooded Orioles are back in town! Isn't she pretty by the roses? We have gone back and forth on the roses, keep them, pull them out, because they are not drought tolerant. They sure make for pretty photos though, and the birds love eating insects from them. After consulting a rosarian and having him work on our roses, we decided to keep some. We filled the jelly feeder up the very first day we heard the Orioles, and they have found it already so expect lots of pictures of these beautiful and fun birds.


Female Hooded Oriole at the bird bath.