Saturday, August 22, 2015

Birdy Saturday at home


We stayed home!  Chris had been seeing a Wilson's warbler visiting the bath during the week, so that was enticing enough to keep Mike housebound Saturday.  We sat outside and waited for the birds to come to us.  Such a nice day - not too hot for most of it.  Sometimes we just get a feeling in the air that an unusual bird will drop by.  Today we had that feeling, and our hunch was correct.  Our infrequent visitors, the nutmeg mannikins, came by.  We also had an orange crowned warbler hanging around.  Does this mean fall is creeping up on us?  Maybe so, but it's still hot enough that the water features seem to be the biggest attractant bringing in the birds.

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird

Nutmeg mannikins (scarlet-breasted munia)
Nutmeg Mannikins

Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Scrub Jay in the bird bath
Scrub Jay

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

Burrowing owl tilting its head

Burrowing owl (tilting head right)

Burrowing owl (tilting head left)

Here are some photos Chris took of a burrowing owl tilting its head.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Egrets of Bolsa Chica

We went to Huntington Beach to escape the heat and decided to go birding at Bolsa Chica. The Reddish Egret was our prime target, and we were not disappointed. There were at least four, including one in a narrow channel area with good lighting. We watched him for 15 minutes as he fished, spreading his wings to create some shade to help in the process.


Reddish Egret

Reddish egret

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

We also saw a snowy egret and a light-footed clapper rail.

Snowy egret

Light-footed clapper rail


We were also looking for black skimmers but only saw one from a distance.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Burrowing Owls of Salton Sea

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls

We went out to the desert to watch the meteor shower. We stayed in Borrengo Springs and the next morning we went out to the Salton Sea for birding with the primary goal of finding burrowing owls. After staying up for the meteor shower and getting up before sunrise to head to the Salton Sea, we now need a nap.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Back From Alaska

We went to Alaska to escape the heat and see tufted puffins in Prince Williams Sound. We also saw some other sea birds and quite a few marine mammals there

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin in Flight

Tufted Puffins


Pigeon guillemot
Pigeon Guillemot

Sea otter
Sea Otters

Harbor Seals
Harbor Seals

Sea Lions
Sea Lions

In Anchorage, we spotted a moose and a few birds.

Moose: Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska
Moose

Black-billed Magpie
Black-billed Magpie

Red-necked grebes
Red-necked Grebes

At Eagle River State Park, we saw a Boreal Chickadee, an Alder Flycatcher and some warblers
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee

Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Alder Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher



In Crescent Lake, part of Lake Clark National Park, we watched bears and more.

Brown Bear with cubs fishing
Brown Bear Fishing for Salmon

Harlequin Ducks
Harlequin Ducks

Beaver
Beaver

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hooded Oriole

Female Hooded Oriole

We've had quite a few Hooded Orioles coming to our jelly feeder and bird baths recently. We think a pair (or two) have brought their fledglings along.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Birding Bolsa Chica

Ridgeway Rail (Light-footed clapper rail) at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach
Light-footed clapper rail (Ridgeway Rail)




Black skimmer
Black Skimmer

We went to Bolsa Chica yesterday to find the Ridgeway Rail. After a few minutes, we spotted one and an hour later we saw a pair. There were a few black skimmers there but none were skimming the water.