Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back to Palo Alto Baylands

Mike had some business in Palo Alto, and stopped by the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. At this time of year, the Night Herons are nesting, but the biggest treat was the bullocks oriole. The black necked stilts also put on a show.

Bullock's Oriole

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-necked stilts

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not So Scaly Breasted Munia

Juvenile Nutmeg Mannikins

We had a pair of Nutmeg Mannikins (also called Scaly Breasted Munia) visiting our birdbath all winter. We were hoping for a nest but never found it. However, they've started bringing juveniles to the bath so they must have nested nearby. The fledglings don't have the full coloration of the adults, but are getting a few feathers that look like scales.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cooper's hawk taking a bath

Cooper's Hawk taking a bath

It was hot on Monday and this Cooper's Hawk came to the bubbler to cool off.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Backyard Birding: Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

The hooded oriole is a month early to our yard this year. Yesterday, we did some backyard birding, sitting out on a lounge chair with a glass of wine, binoculars and camera, and waited for birds to come. We got some good looks at the male hooded oriole. He even brought a female with him to the bird bath, but she was too shy to spend much time out. We didn't know they liked to eat from the aloe plants.