June 17, 2014
Yes friends, the birding is painfully slow in Summer. Birds that can be seen are the usual summer suspects; Nesting Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Vermilion Flycatchers, Tricolored Blackbirds, Green Herons, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds and the common year-round residents such as California Quail, California Thrashers and California Towhees. Black-throated Sparrows can be found east of town on Old US 80 between Carrizo Gorge Road and In-Koh-Pah.
This time of year does, however, offer a faint hope for unusual vagrants and wanderers such as Common Ground-dove, Ruddy Ground-dove, Inca Dove, and Bronzed Cowbird, all from the Imperial Valley.
Yellow Warblers may be nesting at the lake in the willow-riparian habitat.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are also a possibility in June.
And who knows what amazing bird might just drop by for a rest.
Western Tanagers have left and gone away. They’ll be back, in their drab winter feather, in September.
My first gull species in Jacumba, a wandering ring-billed gull appeared on June 1. These birds are a plague in most places, but here they rarely stop. I don’t know whether we should be insulted or thankful.
Take heart! Soon the fall migration will begin, and about the end of July we should begin to see some Rufous and Black-chinned hummers. Last year Lazuli Buntings arrived at the end of July, and were followed by many of the same birds that we saw in April and May.
Watch the skies!