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


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.