It seems that the spring migration is mostly behind us. Yesterday at the mulberry tree on El Centro Ave. I found only one western tanager and one Bullock’s Oriole. Last week the tree was covered in western tanagers and cedar waxwings.
At the swamp this morning I found a Virginia Rail with a pair of chicks in tow. Little round black bundles of down.
All around the swamp and pond I found California quail with large numbers of chicks. One quartet of adults had at least 100 chicks in tow.
At my feeders I had a single male black-headed grosbeak and two male hooded orioles plus the usual mob of tricolored blackbirds. The bees were so thick and aggressive at my jelly/orange half feeder that the orioles wouldn’t use it. I finally had to turn the hose on it to get the bees off and dumped the jelly. The bees dissipated a bit and the orioles came in to enjoy the orange halves.
A fly-over by a male Scott’s oriole this morning.
One Harris’ hawk in the big pine at the north end of Campo St. Last evening fly-overs by barn owl, lesser nighthawk and numerous bats.