This morning Trent Stanley & I birded Jacumba. The best birds were around the east end of town, in the crappy bare-earth habitat just east of the Highland Center, along the south side of Old US 80.
We found 50-100 Mountain Bluebirds along with a decent number of American Pipits and Horned Larks. When we started, about 7:00 a.m., there ere only two bluebirds present, but by 7:45 the full regiment had arrived. I will spend some time this evening, or tomorrow perhaps, going through the Pipits & friends with my scope.
On the way back to the truck we noticed a distinctive bird directly overhead, it lit on a wire and Trent was able to get some distance shots. A rather early Sage Thrasher.
Sage Thrasher 11-28-14 Trent Stanley photo.
Here’s some additional photos from the last several day’s birding.
Common Raven with the remains of a Kangaroo Rat – Stephens’ ? Thanksgiving Dinner!
Mountain Bluebird 11-25-14.
Last year I didn’t find these guys until December 20. This one needs a better wig. I found about 6 of these birds in the bare-earth ag fields on the south side of Old US 80 between the Highland Center and the two rustic homes with the wonderful tumbleweed displays. The birds were widely distributed as they foraged.
Mountain Bluebird 11-25-14
Vesper Sparrow 11-25-14
I’m surprised that I have not seen a Vesper Sparrow earlier. It’s a close relative to the very common Savannah sparrow. I found 2 while looking for the Mountain Bluebirds.
Cedar Waxwings usually show up in gangs to raid my pyracanthas.
I see this Fox Sparrow in my yard every couple of days. He scratches at the leaf litter, like a towhee, with his gigantic feet.
Myrtle Warbler, left, and Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-8-14
The Myrtle Warbler, left, is the eastern variety of the common-as-dirt Yellow-rumped Warbler. The western version is called “Audubon’s Warbler.”
Myrtle Warbler 11-18-14
Audubon’s Warbler 11-7-14
This isn’t Kansas, either.
Townsend’s Solitaire 11-10-14
White-breasted Nuthatch 11-10-14
Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-10-14
Western Bluebirds, male left, and female or immature. 11-10-14
American Robin raiding pyracantha with hidden western bluebird
Scott’s Oriole 11-10-14
The best bird of the day was a female-type Baltimore Oriole – a yardbird!
Baltimore Oriole – female type. Another awesome Jacumba bird!
Today was a pretty good day for birding my yard in Jacumba.
Besides the birds pictured, I found red-naped sapsucker, red-breasted sapsucker, cedar waxwing(8) hermit thrush (2), budgerigar, sharp-shinned hawk and pine siskin(7).
Band-tailed Pigeon, a new “yard-bird”. #118 11-3-14
I was surprised when I saw one of these at the pond on October 10. But to find one in my yard?
Brown Thrasher continues at the Jacumba Library 11-2-14.
Pine Siskin 11-2-14 in my yard.
Pine Siskin 11-2-14
Two adults flew over last week.