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