Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm sorry Pat, we forgot to post the quail.

Gambel's quail
Gambel's Quail from Whitewater preserve.

Junco from Napa

We went to Napa for a long weekend. One morning, before the wineries opened we went birding. While we spotted a chestnut-backed chickadee, he was too quick to photograph. Here's a Dark-Eyed Junco.

Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A visit to Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

On Memorial Day weekend, we visited Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, a private research center maintained by University of California, Riverside.

Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

Here are some of the birds we saw.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher


Crissal Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher


Canyon Wren
Canyon Wren


Gambel's Quail and Chicks
Gambel's Quail and Chicks


Phainopepla
Phainopepla


We also saw a few of the local mammals.
Black-tailed hare
Black-tailed hare

White-tailed antelope squirrel
White-tailed antelope squirrel











Western Tanager from Zzyzx

On the way back from the Granites we stopped at Zzyzx. It wasn't very birdy, but a Western Tanager was very cooperative.

Western Tanager
Western Tanager


Friday, May 16, 2014

Birds at the birdbath

Hawk at the Birdbath

Allen's Hummingbird at the Birdbath

It's been hot, so we've had lots of birds coming to the birdbath. The hawk and the hummingbird are rare visitors to the birdbath.