Mountain Bluebirds 11-25-14

Mountian Bluebird 11-25-14.

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

Mountain Bluebird 11-25-14

Vesper Sparrow  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 Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwings usually show up in gangs to raid my pyracanthas.

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

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

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

Myrtle Warbler 11-18-14

Audubon's Warbler 11-7-14

Audubon’s Warbler 11-7-14

This isn't Kansas, either.

This isn’t Kansas, either.

 

One thought on “Mountain Bluebirds 11-25-14

  1. Cindy

    For your info – have a Brown Thrasher which has moved into my yard in Descanso. Has been here at least 2 weeks (bird seed and bird water available). My pictures are lousy but he’s cinnamon colored, 2 white wing bars and yellow eyes. Also have several Hermit Thrashers I had only rarely seen before. An odd year….

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