Sunday, November 23, 2014

Birding Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden

We struck out trying to get good looks and photos of the varied thrushes in Sylmar and Riverside. We spent a weekend in San Francisco and visited the botanical gardens twice in hopes of finding the varied thrush and other birds. It was good to get in some exercise in between eating at some of San Francisco's finest restaurants. Chris found it difficult to look for birds because she was paying too much attention to the gardens. Fortunately, she found the Varied thrush and pointed it out to Mike. We also ran into a coyote and some other birds before heading back home.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush

Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow


American Robin
American Robin


Pacific Wren
Pacific

Coyote
Coyote

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Back to Fairmount Park for the Chestnut-sided Warbler




Chestnut-sided Warbler

As we were leaving Fairmount Park on Wednesday, some people found a chestnut–sided warbler and we didn't have time to stay as sometimes Mike's job gets in the way of birding. When there was a break in today's rain, we decided to take another look. We had seen Chestnut-sided Warblers while living on the East Coast and they always had the obvious chestnut side. This is apparently a young first winter bird without the distinct marking, so we were a little unsure about what we were seeing. Fortunately, a group of birders were hanging around the "Prothonotary Warbler tree" and they were able to confirm for us it was the Chestnut-sided Warbler. We also got better looks, and photos, of some Townsend's Warblers today.

Townsend's Warbler

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prothonotary Warbler at Fairmount Park

We had sort of been ignoring Fairmount 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 Fairmount 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