Saturday, August 4, 2018

Horned Lark

Horned Lark
We tried several time to see horned larks and finally succeeded today on Fiesta Island in San Diego. They blend in pretty well with their habitat but we found about 10 but only one showing the “horns.”

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Del Mar Shorebirds

We visited the beaches in Del Mar recently.

Whimbrels
Whimbrels

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

On a nearby trail, we spotted a California Gnatcatcher
California gnatcatcher

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lazuli Bunting from Utah

We’ve tried a few times in California to find Lazuli Bunting. We’ve got a few views in San Diego and Pasadena, but no great photos.
Mike was at a conference in Salt Lake City and visited the botanic gardens there. The Lazuli Buntings were plentiful and posed for several photos.

Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring migrants at the drip


The spring migrants have been trickling in. We spotted a new yard bird, a red-breasted nuthatch, who visits the drip daily.

Red-breasted Nuthatch


The black-headed grosbeaks are earlier this year. Here's a female before and after a bath

Black-headed Grosbeak


Wet Black-headed grosbeak


The hooded orioles have also returned.
Hooded Oriole


Monday, April 2, 2018

Panama Birds

We went to Panama in March. Here are a few of the birds we saw

Rosy Thrush-Tanager

Rosy Thrush-Tanager

Northern Emerald Toucanet

Northern Emerald Toucanet

Female Barred Antshrike
Barred Antshrike


Ocelated Antbird

Ocelated Antbird

Rufous Motmot
Rufous Motmot


More Panama Bird photos at Panama Birds

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Return of the Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings feast on our Toyon berries every year, but they don't have a set schedule. Some years, they come by late December. Last year, it was March. This year, late February.

Cedar waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, Georgia

We went to Atlanta to visit family. We had time one day to drop by Sweetwater Creek State Park. Our target bird was the brown-headed nuthatch, a bird we only learned about the morning of our outing. Its distinctive call made it easy to locate but it took a while to get some good views and photos.
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

We also saw birds that frequented our backyard in New Jersey.
Tufted titmouse
Tufted Titmouse


Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breadted Nuthatch

After birding, we had great chicken and biscuits with a delicious remoulade sauce at the nearby Milk & Honey restaurant.

Monday, January 15, 2018

La Sierra University

Acorn Woodpecker

Kestrel

Went shopping near La Sierra University: Mike's favorite place for acorn woodpeckers. Also saw a kestrel.