Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hummingbird nest

Here we go again. An Allen's hummingbird has built a nest outside a window at our house. We'll keep watching, but we hope there will be babies in a couple of weeks.

Allen's Hummingbird on nest

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birding in Palm Springs: Mesquite Golf & Country Club

We took a quick trip to Palm Springs for some food, music and birding. We don't photograph our meals, but here are some of the birds we saw.



Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner


Abert Towhee
Abert's Towhee



Verdin
Verdin

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Back from Belize

We haven't been posting to this blog for a while because we went to Belize. Here are a few Belize birds.

Blue-gray tanager
A Blue-gray tanager eating a papaya.

Keel-billed Toucan
A Keel-billed Toucan

Pale-billed Woodpecker
A Pale-billed Woodpecker

Howler Monkey
No trip to Belize is complete without a Howler Monkey



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Black-throated Magpie-jay

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.


Black-throated magpie-jay

Black-throated magpie-jay



Black-throated magpie-jay

Black-throated magpie-jay

Location:Black-throated magpie-jay

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Waxwing Invasion


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.



Todays Waxwings

Sunday midday Waxwings

Sunday midday Waxwings

Sunday midday Waxwings

Sunday midday Waxwings

Waxwing at the birdbath


Bonelli Park Birding

We've always been meaning to drop by Bonelli Park and had time this weekend.

There were just your typical water birds in the main park. It was a nice day to be outside after our cold spell.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher


In the north, Mike spent a lot of time photographing the acorn woodpeckers.


Acorn Woodpecker with an Acorn
Acorn Woodpecker



Wheeler Park in Claremont

We stopped by Wheeler Park in Claremont in hopes of seeing purple finches. We had no luck, but the Red-masked Parakeets were interesting and the male and female Nuttall's Woodpeckers were very active.

Red-masked Parakeet

Red-masked Parakeet

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker