Early Migrants January/February 2014

Sage Thrasher 2-2-14

Sage Thrasher 2-2-14

Here we have a Sage Thrasher.  According to Phil Unitt’s Birds of San Diego County (1985) this bird is usually not seen until late February.  But I believe that recent years have seen early arrivals.  Terry Hunefeld reported them at Clark Dry Lake near Borrego Springs last week.  So its safe to say that the arrival dates for this bird have gotten earlier.  Sage Thrashers are though to be more closely related to Northern Mockingbirds than our other Thrashers.  Both Thrashers and Mockingbirds are members of a family of birds called “mimids”

Sage Thrasher at Drip

Sage Thrasher at Drip

Sage Thrasher 1-29-14

Sage Thrasher 1-29-14

 

The same morning, as I was preoccupied with the thrasher, I heard the distinctive song of Scott’s Oriole in the desert juniper scrub .  There were two males, a bright adult and a slightly greenish one.  These birds could be migrants, or they could be birds that have wintered locally.  I’ve seen Scott’s Orioles twice in town this fall and winter.

Scott's Oriole

Scott’s Oriole 1-29-14

Scott's Oriole

Scott’s Oriole 1-29-14

Hermit Thrushes have been regular at the swamp.  These birds are winter residents.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

 

 

One thought on “Early Migrants January/February 2014

  1. Emmett Dacey

    Thanks for all the great photos – we are making our first trip to Jacumba this weekend, hoping to see some of these fine feathered fellows!

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