Sunday, April 26, 2015

A few days of photos from our birdbaths


Finches and goldfinches
Finches and Goldfinches


Leucistic Goldfinch
Leucistic Goldfinc

Hummingbird at the bubbler
Hummingbird

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

Hooded Orioles
Hooded Orioles

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon

Hummingbird rescue

We have a camera set up that takes pictures of the hummingbird nest every few minutes and transmits them to the Internet. We noticed one baby missing from the nest. After verifying with a few more photos that the baby was missing, we started looking for it under the nest.  We found it a few feet away and scooped it up and put it back.  After a while, it settled in next to its sibling and we were relieved when the mother returned and fed them both.

They should fledge in about a week, and we will be nervously watching and hoping it doesn't fall out again.

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue, back in the nest

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hummingbird nest update

Finally, two baby Allen's Hummingbirds are visible.

We had the first sign that the hummingbird eggs hatched on Saturday. Instead of just sitting on the nest, the mother was observed standing on the side with her beak inside the nest. we didn't want to get close to peek in, so we waited patiently a few days. Finally today, we got a photo of the mother feeding. There were two tiny beaks visible.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Female Hooded Oriole at the bird bath

Hip, hip, hooray, the hooded Orioles are back in town! Isn't she pretty by the roses? We have gone back and forth on the roses, keep them, pull them out, because they are not drought tolerant. They sure make for pretty photos though, and the birds love eating insects from them. After consulting a rosarian and having him work on our roses, we decided to keep some. We filled the jelly feeder up the very first day we heard the Orioles, and they have found it already so expect lots of pictures of these beautiful and fun birds.


Female Hooded Oriole at the bird bath.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birding around Port Aransas


Things got off to an odd start for this adventure. First we had a LONG flight delay out of LAX that made us wonder if it would have been faster to drive to texas! So we finally settle in late at our hotel - not the usual five-star digs Chris prefers, but she'll go just about anywhere for Mike in search of a bird. Freshly rested, ready to hit the bird trails the first morning on our own without a guide, we come upon a gruesome site - a crested caracara eating a turtle! The crested caracara was a target bird, but we could,have done without the gory breakfast treat. It was one of those instances when chris says, "I hate nature." Trust us when we say we censored the pictures of this event for this family rated blog.
The rest of the first day on our own was fun after that - the birding hot spots are well marked and maintained here in port Aransas.
Next day out with our guide, we got two more target birds and no wildlife gore. We are looking forward to tomorrow, another day with our guide.


Green Jay
Green Jay


Black-crested titmouse
Black-crested titmouse

Pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

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