Band-tailed Pigeon 10-10-14

Band-tailed Pigeon 10-10-14

Band-tailed Pigeon 10-10-14

This is a bird that was off my radar.  I did not expect to see this species in Jacumba. But, here it is! I found it atop one of the large trees along the east side of the pond.    Band-tailed Pigeons are our largest pigeons.  It is related to the extinct passenger pigeon and the common rock dove, also known as the street pigeon.

The band-tailed pigeon is usually found in montane habitats like Palomar (pigeon roost in Spanish) or the higher mountains of the county.  This bird may be lost, or just in transit between populations in San Diego County and nearby Baja California.

Munia - previously known as nutmeg mannikin 10-9-14

Munia – previously known as nutmeg mannikin 10-9-14

On the 9th, a trio of spotted munias showed up in my yard.  Two female or immature males and a shy adult male.  This last year the bird authorities changed the status of this bird from escaped pet-trade bird to naturalized exotic species.  They have become well established in Southern California, and are easily found along the San Diego River in Mission Valley and the canyons around San Diego.

Fox Sparrow 10-9-14

Fox Sparrow 10-9-14

This fox sparrow showed up in my yard several days ago.  It is a large, dark sparrow, which acts like a towhee, scratching at the ground and working through leaf litter, looking for bugs.