Sunday, January 1, 2017

Fiji birds: Nadi and Tavenui

We spent Christmas week in Fiji. Here's our birding highlights.

White-collared Kingfisher
White-collared Kingfisher

Collared Lor
Collared Lory

Jungle Myna eating a papaya
Jungle Myna

Vanikoro Broadbill
Vanikoro Broadbill


Orange-breasted honeyeater
Orange-breasted honeyeater

Banded Rail
Banded Rail


Fiji white-eye
Fiji White-eye

Red-breasted Musk Parrot
Red-breasted Musk Parrot

Fiji Goshawk
Fiji Goshawk

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron

Polynesian thriller
Polynesian triller


Fiji woodswallow
Fiji Woodswallow

Common Myna
Common Myna

Red Avadavat (Red Munia, Strawberry Finch)
Red Avadavat

Reef Heron
Reef Heron


Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

We had some problems with Bird Identification, but eventual found a good birding brochure from a driver and searched the internet for the rest.






Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birding the fish market in San Mateo

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Egret
Egret


Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye

Mike had a meeting near San Francisco Airport. While crossing a bridge, he noticed some birds and stopped in the parking lot of a restaurant to watch a while.

Backyard Bluebirds

Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird

We don't get bluebirds in the yard much, but some have been coming by this week. Maybe they'll find the Bluebird house we put up a few years ago.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hooded Mergansers rule

The hooded Merganser is the bird that pushed us ove the edge. We became birders because these ducks landed in the lake in New Jersey we lived on. I'm glad they spend the fall and winters in Southern California too.
Hooded mergansers

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday. La Sierra University

La Sierra University is a very reliable place to see Acorn Woodpeckers carrying acorns from oak trees to palm trees.
It usually is a good place for western meadowlarks too.
Acorn woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker

Western meadowlark
Western Meadowlark

Kingbird
Kingbird

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lazy Saturday

Other than getting a latte and a donut, and making pastrami for lunch, we sat around waiting for birds to come by. The Hermit Thrush is a special guest.


Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay

Nutmeg mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin