Monthly Archives: April 2013

One Year in Jacumba

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Here’s a list of the birds I’ve seen in my first year in Jacumba through the end of April 2013.

The best birds this year are evening grosbeak, red crossbill, and eastern phoebe.

Great egret
Great blue heron
Snowy egret
Green Heron
American coot
Virginia Rail
Sora
Belted Kingfisher
Pacific Loon
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson’s snipe
Killdeer
Canvasback
Gadwall
Mallard
Ring-necked duck
Eared grebe

MacGillivray’s  warbler
Nashville warbler
Yellow warbler
Orange-crowned warbler
Black-throated gray warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Common yellow-throat
Yellow-breasted chat
Townsend’s warbler

Western tanager
black-headed grosbeak
Blue grosbeak
Lazuli bunting

Scott’s oriole
Bullock’s oriole
Hooded oriole
Western meadowlark
Tricolored blackbird
Red-winged blackbird
Brown-headed cowbird
Brewer’s blackbird
Yellow-headed blackbird
Great-tailed grackle

Lawrence’s goldfinch
Pine siskin
Lesser goldfinch
Evening grosbeak
House finch
Purple finch
Red crossbill

Cooper’s hawk
Sharp-shinned hawk
Harris’ hawk
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey vulture
Northern  harrier
Red-shouldered hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie falcon
Kestrel
Kite
Barn owl
Great horned owl
Merlin

Nuttal’s woodpecker
Ladder-backed woodpecker
Northern flicker
Red-breasted sapsucker
Red-naped sapsucker
Hairy woodpecker

Vermilion flycatcher
Say’s phoebe
Black phoebe
Eastern phoebe
Ash-throated flycatcher
Western kingbird

Lark sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Junco
Black-throated sparrow
California towhee
Spotted towhee
Golden-crowned sparrow
Lincoln’s sparrow
Swamp sparrow
White-crowned sparrow
Song sparrow

Verdin
Bush tit

Anna’s hummingbird
Rufous hummingbird
Costa’s hummingbird
Black-chinned hummingbird

White-throated swift

Common raven
American crow
Western scrub-jay

Bewick’s wren
Cactus wren
Rock wren
House wren
Marsh wren

American robin
Western bluebird
Hermit thrush

Roadrunner
Oak titmouse
Lesser nighthawk
Ruby-crowned kinglet
California quail
Cedar waxwing
Mountain chickadee
Horned lark
white-breasted nuthatch
red-breasted nuthatch
Phainopepla

Loggerhead shrike
Warbling Vireo

California thrasher
Sage thrasher
Northern mockingbird

Eurasian collared-dove
Rock dove
Mourning dove
White-winged dove

Cliff swallow
Rough-winged swallow

House sparrow
European starling
Budgerigar

Jacumba 4-23-13

This morning I found fewer migrants at my feeders.  About 6 black-headed grosbeaks, 3 Bullock’s and 2 Hooded orioles along with a single pine siskin and male Costa’s hummer. A single Harris’ hawk was seen at the north end of town.  The white-crowned sparrows have left. They had been around my feeders and brush pile consistently since last Fall. On Saturday 4-20-13 I counted 8 of them at my feeders. Likewise, there were no yellow-rumps to be seen.

Male Costa's Hummer

Male Costa’s Hummer

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

At the lake there were 3 green heron, the Pacific Loon, eared grebe, snowy egret, tricolored blackbirds, California quail and Wilson’s warblers.

California Quail - a sentry

California Quail – a sentry

 

More Migrants April 13-16 2013

I had intended to spend the entire week (April 13-21) in Jacumba.  But as it turned out, the weather was lousy.. cold and windy so I only did three days.  But these were three productive days!

Red crossbills have been seen several times since last Fall.  I’m not sure that they’re migrants but here they are in all their glory.

Red crossbills at bird bath

Red Crossbill at bird bath

 

 

Red Crossbills at the bird bath

Red Crossbills at the bird bath

Red crossbills

Red crossbills

Black-headed grosbeaks were around in large numbers.  On the morning of the 16th I had 24 of them in my yard at once!  These guys go for seed and oranges/jelly.

Male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks

Male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks

Western tanagers made a good showing.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

At the jelly feeder

At the jelly feeder

First of Season blue grosbeak and lazuli bunting

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Nashville warbler and warbling vireo both made appearances

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Hummingbirds were busy.  Costa’s, Anna’s, black-chinned and rufous plus a selasphorus female.

Probably a Rufous female.

Probably a Rufous female.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Orioles, like the black-headed grosbeaks, were around in large number. Between the Bullock’s orioles, hooded orioles and black-headed grosbeaks there was a constant parade of hungry birds.

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Scott's Oriole and Bullock's Oriole  share feeder

Scott’s Oriole and Bullock’s Oriole share feeder

 

At the pond there was, besides the Pacific loon, a greater yellowlegs on Saturday morning, a pair of Virginia rails, a green heron and Wilson’s and Townsend’s warblers.

Greater Yellowliegs and Snowy Egret

Greater Yellowlegs and Snowy Egret

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

If all the yellow-rumped warblers looked as spiffy as this guy all year round we wouldn’t dislike them so much!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Loon 4-9-13

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

This Pacific Loon showed up at the lake today.  Appears to be a first summer bird.  It probably got caught up in the high winds on a trip from the Salton Sea or (more likely) the Sea of Cortez to the coast and took refuge at Jacumba.  This is a rare bird inland.

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

At my water feature, above, a nice female Lawrence’s Goldfinch.

Below, a Black-chinned Hummingbird.  I also had a nice male Rufous hummer.

Black-chinned Hummingbird 4-9-13

Black-chinned Hummingbird 4-9-13

Below, a Nashville Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler.

Nashville Warbler 4-9-13

Nashville Warbler 4-9-13

Nashville warbler 4-9-13

Nashville warbler 4-9-13

Wilson's Warbler 4-9-13

Wilson’s Warbler 4-9-13

Six Orioles - Hooded and Bullock's

Six Orioles – Hooded and Bullock’s

There were so many orioles at my feeders this afternoon that I lost track of them.  At least 12 birds.  Here we see them squabbling over the jelly feeder.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Thee were five of these guys at my feeders today.  Three males and two  females.

Today’s Birds:

Oak titmouse, Wilson’s warbler (5), Orange-crowned warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler, Western bluebird, Harris’ hawk, Chipping sparrow, Warbling vireo, Tricolored blackbird (50), Bullock’s oriole (8), Hooded oriole (7), Black-headed grosbeak (5), Lawrence’s goldfinch, Eared grebe, Pacific loon, Rufous , Black-chinned and Anna’s hummers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Jacumba – Part 2

This post is just about the town – not birding.

Several tubs have been installed – and then removed – at the swamp.  The first one that I noticed was a large wood-lined hot tub, photo below. It lasted until about July 2012.  The smaller bath tub may have preceded the big one.  I dunno. In any event, after the San Diego Reader publicized the big tub it was removed and the small bath tub took its place.

The original Hot Tub.

The original Hot Tub.

Here’s the bath tub in its glory.  It stayed around until about February 2013. I’m surprised that someone didn’t haul it down to the lake and paddle around in it.

The public bath tub at the swamp.  Tacky!

The public bath tub at the swamp. Tacky!

Here’s the final tub.  It lasted about a week before the water was turned off and it was hauled away.

The new improved tub. This one didn't last long!

The new-improved tub. This one didn’t last long! Photo from about March 20, 2013

A 1948 DeSoto Custom Club Coupe slowly deteriorates in a Jacumba yard. This could be a great restoration project. Three-speed on-the-column and a 6-cylinder flathead.  DeSoto was a division of Chrysler. This car cost $1874 new.  For comparison, a 1948 Chevy Sport Coup listed at $1402, and a 1948 Buick Roadmaster “Sedanette” was $2297. The last model year for this make was 1961.

1948 Desoto Country Club Coupe

1948 DeSoto  Club Coupe

Random  window dressing.  Pretty nice stuff!

Random window dressing. Pretty nice stuff!

Downtown Jacumba - a crumbling relic of the old west.

Downtown Jacumba – a crumbling relic of the old west.

Some of the railroad stock at the old Jacumba station

 

Old stuff at the Railroad yard.

Old stuff at the Railroad yard.

Old rolling stock

Old rolling stock

The Lake on April  2, 2013

4-2-2013

4-2-2013

And last November below – the lake looks higher here, but that is an illusion based upon the photo’s vantage.

11-13-2-12

11-13-12

Jacumba - crumbling relic...

Jacumba – crumbling relic…