Today we went to Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: Bird & Butterfly Garden. It's in San Diego about a mile from the Mexican border. Occasionally some birds from Mexico are seen in this region. The black throated magpie Jay had been reported the past week, so I thought we'd make a run for the border.
Chris spotted one first hanging on a window of the visitor center. We found a few others as we walked around the park.
If you have an invasion, it's not so bad if it's cedar waxwings compared to ants, termites, red shoulder bugs, fleas, aliens, which they sound like - well, you get the gist.
Pardon us for posting so many waxwing photos. It's just that we have been so entertained by them all day! We have probably 50 to 100 gorging on different berries, mostly toyon, visiting the palm trees, and even coming to the bird baths which we hadn't seen them do in previous years. A California towhee was bathing and several times chased off a waxwing - hey, you're not a regular here! They look like little superheroes with their masks, and today we feel very honored to have them spend the day with us.
The painted redstart is an occasional visitor to Southern California. It's a beautiful bird, but it can be frustrating to watch and photograph. It likes to stay close to the trunk of the tree and moves around a lot. Its eye is a little unusual; we can only see the white on the bottom. This painted redstart was in Glendora at Oakdale memorial park.