Monthly Archives: April 2014

Spring Rush 4-28-14

Virginia RailChick 4-28-14

Virginia Rail Chick 4-28-14

 

Killdeer Chick 4-28-14

Killdeer Chick 4-28-14

 

Tricolored Blackbird feeding Chick

Tricolored Blackbird feeding Chick

New birds seen around Jacumba.  The chick being fed by the adult tricolored blackbird might be a cowbird chick.  But I think not.

MacGillivray's Warbler 4-28-14

MacGillivray’s Warbler 4-28-14

I’m always pleased to see MacGillivray’s warbler.

Olive-sided Flycatcher 4-28-14

Olive-sided Flycatcher 4-28-14

Western-wood Pewee

Western-wood Pewee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Arrivals, Old Friends ~ 4-18-4

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

The spring migration is now in full bloom.  Almost all of the usual migrants have shown up, many at my feeders and the rest around the swamp and pond.  This last week saw the first  of season Ash-throated Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Western-wood Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush and Lazuli Bunting arrive in Jacumba.  These photos are of spring migrants seen in April 2014.  See earlier posts for additional spring migrant pics.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Blue Grosbeak, female

Blue Grosbeak, female

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zone-tailed Hawk 4-3-14

This afternoon about 3 p.m. an odd looking raptor flew directly over my backyard.  I took a good look at in through my binoculars and was satisfied that is was a zone-tailed hawk, a bird usually seen in southeast Arizona and down into Mexico.  I’ve seen them several times in the vicinity of the Wild Animal Park in San Pasqual Valley – which is where these two photos were taken.  The two or three birds that are sometimes seen there also roam to the Ramona Grasslands, Santee Lakes, Lake Hodges,  and Escondido.

Zone-tailed Hawk -  January 1, 2010 at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Zone-tailed Hawk – January 1, 2010 at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

These hawks mimic turkey vultures in appearance and often fly with kettles of vultures.

Zone-tailed Hawk - January 1, 2010 San Diego Wild Animal Park

Zone-tailed Hawk – January 1, 2010 San Diego Wild Animal Park

Zone-tailed Hawks are also occasionally seen around El Centro and Yuma.  So it not such a big deal that a zone-tailed would be seen in Jacumba and I suspect that zone-taileds are relatively common here.  It just takes someone who can distinguish this hawk from a vulture to be at the right place a the right time.

Calliope Hummingjbird 4-3-14

Calliope Hummingjbird 4-3-14

THis bright male calliope hummingbird appeared on the evening of the 3rd, after the storm and winds.  He showed up the next morning for his close-ups.

Cassin's Vireo 3-31-14

Cassin’s Vireo 3-31-14

Cassin’s vireos used to be lumped together with two other vireos, the blue-headed and plumbeous.  Together they were one species, the solitary vireo.

Bunny Hunt gone bad!

Bunny Hunt gone bad!

This poor silly wabbit lost an ear to a poor marksman at the annual Jacumba Easter Bunny Shoot. Won’t you donate to the rehabilitation of this wretched beast?

The new public bathtub

The new public bathtub

This rock bathtub was pieced together recently.  Last year, and before, there were a series of bathtubs hooked up to the Spa’s open hot water tap.  This pool is supplied with an ample supply of warm water.  A frog lives in it!  The plastic soap bottle, barely visible, is a nice touch.