Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prothonotary Warbler at Fairmont Park

We had sort of been ignoring Fairmont Park as a birding spot, but reports of the Prothonotary Warbler there piqued our interest. We took a look on the weekend, but we arrived sort of late and there were too many non birders around and we didn't find the target bird. We had some time this morning, so figuring a weekday would be less crowded, off we went. We probably spent about an hour or so with no luck, but with the help of a handful of other "regulars" who must frequent Fairmont often, we were able to get great looks at this beautiful warbler. What a show it was putting on! It stayed in the same tree for a long time so we saw it from many angles and got to observe its personality. In fact, Chris calls him Mr. Personality in the first picture. Don't you just love the glint in the eye and the "look at me" pose?

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler


Monday, October 27, 2014

Dairy Mart Ponds San Diego

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Black-crowned night heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned night heron (juvenile)

Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron with a fish

Kestrel with a dragon fly
Kestrel with a dragon fly



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Five warbler day

You can tell the fall migration has started. We had five kinds of warblers come by today. Oh and a thrush too

Wilson's warbler
Wilson's warbler

Nashville warbler
Nashville warbler

Black-throated gray warbler
Black-throated gray warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped Warber

Wilson's warbler
Wilson's warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

Swainson's thrush
Swainson's thrush

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hummingbird at the bubbler

We installed a new bubbler fountain, mainly so we could enjoy the sound. As a bonus, the birds found it, and enjoy cooling off in it.


Hummingbird in the fountain
Hummingbird in the fountain
Hummingbird in the fountain


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Escaping the heat: A trip to Grassy Hollow

It's been hot in Riverside and even the beaches, so we drove to the mountains to get cool. Grassy Hollow is one of our favorite places for a wide variety of mountain birds. The most surprising was the Lewis's Woodpecker, which took a long time to identify because it's a juvenile and not in full color.

There were also three chipmunks scurrying around.
Green-tailed Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee

White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker

Pygmy Nuthatches
Pygmy Nuthatches

White-breasted Nutchatch
White-breasted Nutchatch

Lewis's Woodpecker (Juvenile)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Juvenile)

Stellar's Jay
Stellar's jay

Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee

Chipmunk
Chipmunk

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Bonus of the New Landscaping

This morning there were a lot of finches at the fruit on one of our new cactus plants. Even the cat was having a great time watching all the activity through the window. Later in the afternoon after Chris got back from errands, she noticed the Orioles were joining in on the fun. She got some pictures with our non-bird camera since it was close by. It seemed better to capture something instead of missing the shot while looking for the bird camera. Often when Chris is doing the photographing, her intent is merely to have photographic evidence for Mike so he doesn't think she is making things up. The Oriole did bump the finches off the fruit and take a turn eating, but those pictures weren't as clear. That's okay - this one is much more amusing since the finch has its entire head in the fruit!
Hooded Oriole and Finch on Cactus