Saturday, June 6, 2015

Back to Prado

We haven't had a chance to go out birding recently. Mike's been busy at work. Prado is nearby, so last weekend we stopped by. The best find was three baby barn swallows on a branch with the parents feeding them. The bullock's oriole was stunning. The vermilion flycatcher was stunning as usual.

Baby Barn swallows

Barn swallows feeding
Barn swallows

Vermilion flycatcher
Vermilion flycatcher

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Blue grosbeak
Blue grosbeak

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Western Tanager at the Jelly Feeder

Some western tanagers have been hanging around longer than previous years. Perhaps it's the jelly feeder. Western Tanager at the jelly feeder.
Photo by Chris

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Western tanager

Western Tanager

With all the fuss over the hummingbird, we forgot to mention the western tanagers that have stopped at our loquat tree during the spring migration.

Empty nesters



We missed the first flight of the fledglings from last year's hummingburd nest, so we tried hard to take videos this year. Luckily, Mike called Chris on the phone just as the last one was leaving the nest, so there is a narration of sorts of this video.

Watch on YouTube

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hummingbirds: safe and sound.


After a scare last weekend, things have returned to normal at the hummingbird nest. They are growing and the mother feeds regularly. Sometimes, we think she purposely sits on the babies to prevent them from being rowdy.

Friday's hummingbird photos.

Friday's hummingbird photos.


Allen's hummingbird baby: if I sit on you, will you behave?


Monday, April 27, 2015

Hummingbird rescue

We have a camera set up that takes pictures of the hummingbird nest every few minutes and transmits them to the Internet. Yesterday, we noticed one baby missing from the nest. After verifying with a few more photos that the baby was missing, we started looking for it under the nest.  We found it a few feet away and scooped it up and put it back.  After a while, it settled in next to its sibling and we were relieved when the mother returned and fed them both.

They should fledge in about a week, and we will be nervously watching and hoping it doesn't fall out again.

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue

Hummingbird Rescue, back in the nest

We think the mother has got the message. Today, a windy day, she sat on the nest on top of the chicks.


Allen's Hummingbird: Back on the nest.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

A few days of photos from our birdbaths


Finches and goldfinches
Finches and Goldfinches


Leucistic Goldfinch
Leucistic Goldfinch

Hummingbird at the bubbler
Hummingbird

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

Hooded Orioles
Hooded Orioles

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Black-headed grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak