We spent some time at UCRs AgOps this weekend. The migrating ducks have just started arriving. It was nice to see a kingfisher too.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I know it's an introduced species and hardly looks like a wild bird, but it was fun to finally find one.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
A verdin has been coming to UCR's botanic gardens for each of the past 4 falls. This year, a friend spotted it building a nest. Chris and I just had to go see it. We think it's building a roosting nest for it to keep warm in the winter.
It's a cute bird, but it would never tolerate an east coast winter.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
A colleague asked Mike to identify a bird she had seen. As he read the description, the pin-tailed whydah came to mind and she verified that it was the whydah. So, the next morning, Mike and Chris head out to the location, Andulka Park in Riverside, in hopes of spotting it. The Whydah is a bird from Africa that has established a small breeding colony in Southern California.
As we entered the park, we spotted a nutmeg mannikin, another introduced species from Asia. We viewed that as a good sign because we've observed them together in other locations such as Huntington Central Park.
We spotted the female first.
It's a fairly cooperative bird, easy to locate and well worth the 3 minute drive from our home.
To complete the day, we also saw an acorn woodpecker and a Say's Phoebe.