Monthly Archives: March 2013

Eastern Phoebe et al

 

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Friday afternoon just after arriving at my house Trent Stanley spotted a Eastern Phoebe at my water feature.  This is a another in a string of very good yard birds.  We did not see either the evening grosbeak which has been regular since December 4 or the red-crossbills that were seen by several birders since March 26.  But there were seven orioles and two black-headed grosbeaks along with several Lawrence’s goldfinches, pine siskins and the freeloading tricolored blackbirds.

Eastern Phoebe, an unusual bird in the west.

Eastern Phoebe, an unusual bird in the west.

Saturday morning we ventured out to Kitchen Creek where we found a pair of Gray Vireos.

A crappy pic of a Gray Vireo.

A crappy pic of a Gray Vireo.

And a singing Black-chinned Sparrow.

Black-chinned Sparrow at Kitchen Creek.

Black-chinned Sparrow at Kitchen Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

March 26, 2013 – Orioles arrive in force

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This afternoon I had seven orioles, three Bullock’s and (first of season) four hooded orioles at my feeders.  One female of each species.  Also first of season black-headed grosbeak.

Two Bullock's Orioles and a Black-heaed Grosbeak at my roange & jelly feeders.

Two Bullock’s Orioles and a Black-heaed Grosbeak at my orange & jelly feeders.

Male Hooded Oriole and female Bullock's Oriole

Male Hooded Oriole and female Bullock’s Oriole

Female Hooded Oriole

Female Hooded Oriole

Male Bullock's Oriole at the drip

Male Bullock’s Oriole at the drip

 

Black-headed Grosbeak at seed feeder

Black-headed Grosbeak at seed feeder

A male Nuttal’s woodpecker has been excavating a nest hole in a dead branch on my cottonwood

Male Cassin's Woodpecker excavating nest.

Male Nuttal’s Woodpecker excavating nest.

Lots of hummingbird activity.  A female Selasphorus (either an Allen’s or Rufous) Hummingbird, a male Rufous and several Anna’s.  They seemed to get along and shared the feeder without the usual territorial behavior typical of hummingbirds around feeders.

Male Anna's Hummingbird

Male Anna’s Hummingbird

Western Scrub-jay.

Western Scrub-jay.


 

 

 

 

 

Red Crossbills 3-23-2013

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Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. Like today,  I was pulling weeds and I looked up into my well-trimmed cottonwood and there was a nice female-looking red crossbill.  The bird was eying my water feature, and sure enough, she came down for an extended drink.

A few minutes later BJ Stacy called me, he had a flock of about 12 at the end of my street that had flown in my direction.

The last time that I recall that red crossbills were reported in Jacumba was back in November.

This is a pretty good yard bird!

Red Crossbill at my water feature.  3-23-13

Red Crossbill at my water feature. 3-23-13

Red Crossbill at my water feature.  3-23-13

Red Crossbill at my water feature. 3-23-13

Red Crossbill  3-23-13

Red Crossbill 3-23-13

 

Red Crossbill at my water feature.  3-23-13

Red Crossbill at my water feature. 3-23-13


 

 

 

 

March 19, 2013 – More Migrants and a new bath tub

New migrant birds since last post include Costa’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird and Lawrence’s Goldfinch.  All three species showed up at my feeders.

 

 

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch


Rufous Humminbird

Rufous Humminbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

 

A new public bath tub has been installed.  The old one was removed just a couple of days ago.  This is real progress.

 

The new improved tub

The new improved tub

 

It will be interesting to see how long this new tub lasts.

The lake sports two Snowy Egrets and one Great Egret.  The Ring-necked Ducks seem to have moved on.  One Harris’ hawk flew overhead in late morning.

 

Harris' Hawk and Rocket J. Squirrel.

Harris’ Hawk and Rocket J. Squirrel.

 

More than fifty Tricolored Blackbirds at my feeder this morning. The adult male Bullock’s Oriole was at my hummingbird feeder today.  He seems to prefer the sugar water to the orange halves or grape jelly I left out for him.  Several Lark Sparrows grazing under my feeders with the White-crowneds.

 

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

 

Tricolored Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

 

 

March 8, 2013 – the tub is gone – First Oriole of the Season

March 8, 2013

 

The public bath tub which stood next to the swamp for about 8 months is gone.  How will the locals endure this insult?  The plumbing for the almost-ready-to-open spa requires rearrangement of the piping at the well head, adjacent to the old bath tub (and before that the hot tub).  So hot spring water which flows into the swamp will soon be diverted to the spa and there will be no source of water for the bath tub.  The bath tub was tacky.  Also, the beat-up patio furniture which surrounded the bath tub is gone,  The place looks much better.  If only John Waters could have seen it!

The public bath tub at the swamp

The public bath tub at the swamp

Public bath tub at the swamp in Jacumba

I saw my first migrant bird  of the season today, a very bright male Bullock’s Oriole. Last year we had a adult male and a first year male at my feeders. Today’s bird was likely one of these two.  Hooded Orioles and black-headed grosbeaks should arrive soon.  Orioles and western tanagers really like oranges.  Cut up an orange and impale halves on a fence or wire and the birds will find it.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole