Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hooded Oriole

Female Hooded Oriole

We've had quite a few Hooded Oriole's coming to our jelly feeder and bird baths recently. We think a pair (or two) have brought their fledglings along.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Birding Bolsa Chica

Ridgeway Rail (Light-footed clapper rail) at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach
Light-footed clapper rail (Ridgeway Rail)




Black skimmer
Black Skimmer

We went to Bolsa Chica yesterday to find the Ridgeway Rail. After a few minutes, we spotted one and an hour later we saw a pair. There were a few black skimmers there but none were skimming the water.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Back to Prado

We haven't had a chance to go out birding recently. Mike's been busy at work. Prado is nearby, so last weekend we stopped by. The best find was three baby barn swallows on a branch with the parents feeding them. The bullock's oriole was stunning. The vermilion flycatcher was stunning as usual.

Baby Barn swallows

Barn swallows feeding
Barn swallows

Vermilion flycatcher
Vermilion flycatcher

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Blue grosbeak
Blue grosbeak

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Western Tanager at the Jelly Feeder

Some western tanagers have been hanging around longer than previous years. Perhaps it's the jelly feeder. Western Tanager at the jelly feeder.
Photo by Chris

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?