Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Black-headed grosbeak

We always like it when the grosbeak comes by. He's just an occasional visitor enjoying loquat in the spring and now some seed as the fall migration is starting.


Black-headed grosbeak

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler


We've been hearing an orange-crowned warbler the past few days and we found him this morning.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Yellow-crowned Bishop at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

A yellow-crowned bishop was reported in Irvine the past few days. So, early Saturday morning we hit the road - added bonus is that it's cooler in OC. It was very cooperative returning to the same shrub and posing for photos many times.

Yellow-Crowned Bishop


Yellow-Crowned Bishop

Friday, August 1, 2014

Greater Roadrunner

Very exciting afternoon here! We recently replaced a portion of our lawn with desert plants to conserve water and had the exterior of the house painted. Chris was outside this afternoon finishing up with the painters when out from the driveway shrubs came a roadrunner! It ran across the driveway and onto some of the new boulders under the new tree. It then went up our coral tree and caught a lizard - this makes Chris very happy! Chris had the painters keep an eye on it while she ran for a camera. Mike had the birding camera with him today so the backup camera was used for these photos. It came down from the tree and ran back around the new desert landscaping before going down the slope and checking for things to eat in some of the older shrubs and then Chris lost track of it. We are wondering how long it has been around and perhaps we did not see it because it was always under thick shrubs. Now we are happy to have it visiting and enjoying our new landscaping and hopefully Mike will get to see it in person also.
Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm sorry Pat, we forgot to post the quail.

Gambel's quail
Gambel's Quail from Whitewater preserve.

Junco from Napa

We went to Napa for a long weekend. One morning, before the wineries opened we went birding. While we spotted a chestnut-backed chickadee, he was too quick to photograph. Here's a Dark-Eyed Junco.

Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco