Saturday, September 9, 2017

The migration has started: yellow-breasted chat and Nashville Warbler

We didn't see many migrants the spring. The fall is picking up. First we had a yellow breasted chat which is quite rare in our yard waste.

Yellow breasted chat in bird bath

Next, we got a Nashville Warbler.
Nashville Warbler

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bewick's wren

Bewick's Wren

We stopped by Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and saw this wren.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

California Quail

California quail

We took a trip to wine county and spotted these California Quail in a vineyard in Santa Rosa. Later, we saw California Quail on the menu in Napa, but that's just rude.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bossy Bullock's

Female Bullock's Oriole
We have a new yard bird: a female bullock's Oriole. She's been chasing other birds and getting exclusive use of the bird bath.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Back to Lacy Park.: Baby Woodpeckers

Last week at Lacy Park, we saw a pair of nuttall's woodpeckers enter a hole in a tree carrying insects. We also heard baby woodpeckers calling but we never saw them. So, we came back this weekend in hopes that an additional week of growth would result in the babies sticking their heads out to be fed. We were right, and enjoyed the show.
Nuttall's woodpecker feeding



Nuttall's woodpecker feeding



Saturday, May 6, 2017

He's back: Western Tanager

Western Tanager
The Western Tanagers spend only a short time in our yard during their migration, but we are always happy to see this colorful bird.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cedar Waxwings, Robins and Pyracantha

The cedar waxwings and robins are a bit late this year. The Pyracantha berries are still around, so they are feasting.

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings

Robin

They also like a nice bath.

Robin's bathing








Monday, February 6, 2017

Palm Springs

We are back in California, recovered from the monthlong trip to Australia and Fiji. We decided to skip the Super Bowl and go to Palm Desert. Here's a few birds we saw.

Verdin
Verdin

Cormorant
Cormorant

Friday, January 20, 2017

Queensland birds

We are back in California after 3 weeks in Australia. It's hard to limit the photos but here are some favorites.
Also a bat.



Buff-breasted paradise Kingfisher
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher

Rainbow Lorikeets on Grevillea
Rainbow Lorikeets

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Spectacled Monarch building a nest
Spectacled Monarch

Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater


Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin

Pale-yellow robin
Pale-yellow robin


Juvenile Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra

Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird

Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern

Buff-banded Rail
Buff-banded Rail

Superb Fairy-wren
Superb fairy-wren

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren

Red-backed Fairy Wren
Red-backed Fairy-wren

Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail

Flying fox
Flying Fox (Fruit Bat)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Fiji birds: Nadi and Taveuni

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.