Daily Archives: July 6, 2013

The Croaking Chorus – Fourth of July Weekend 2013

American Bullfrog

American Bullfrog

“…..I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes”.

Several months past the lake was loaded with thousands of giant pollywogs.  These have developed into juvenile bullfrogs and now the surface of the lake is dotted with thousands of frogs eyes and heads.  Alas, the only bird taking advantage is a single green heron.  There are apparently no fish in the lake large enough to swallow one of these guys.  I suspect that the great egrets, great blue herons and snowy egrets that were here recently will return and clean out this glut of frogs soon enough.

Some of the birds seen this weekend include tricolored blackbird, yellow-headed blackbird, vermilion flycatcher, ash-throated flycatcher, northern flicker, Harris’ hawk(2), Red-shouldered hawk, Scott’s, Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles, White-throated swift, Yellow Warbler, juvenile Virginia rail, Lesser nighthawk (5) and Black-headed grosbeak.

Numerous begging juvenile tricolored blackbirds and several families of black-headed grosbeaks with begging youngsters.

Juvenile Brewer's Blackbird

Juvenile Brewer’s Blackbird

 

 

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird and riffraf

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird and riffraff

 

Tricolored Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

California Quail

California Quail

An interesting statue has appeared at the Chinese Castle.  Similar to the statues that Dennis Avery (of the label company fame) placed around Borrego Springs.

Beware of Dragon

Beware of Dragon

detail

detail