Monthly Archives: March 2015

Early Spring Birds 3-23-15

Cassin's Vireo 3-23-15

Cassin’s Vireo 3-23-15

First of season Cassin’s Vireo showed up at the swamp this morning. It was busy dining on bugs.  The bird’s back was a nice green-yellow.  March 23 is a bit early for migrating Cassin’s Vireos.

Another first of season bird also showed at the same spot, a crisp male Townsend’s warbler, a common spring migrant.  Also, an early bird, these birds usually filter through in mid-april.

Townsend's Warbler 3-23-15

Townsend’s Warbler 3-23-15

 

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

The wintering pair of Evening Grosbeaks that showed up on February 16 continue.   In December 2012  a female showed up and stayed all winter, being seen every day at my seed feeder until early April.

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Orioles, Hooded and Bullock’s, have been freeloading off of my jelly feeders.  I’ve had as many as 9 in the yard at once yet the peak of their migration is still a while off.

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Audubon's Warbler 3-22-15

Audubon’s Warbler 3-22-15

The pond on 11-11-14

The pond on 11-11-14

The Pond  3-22-15

The Pond 3-22-15Modern ArchaeologyModern Archaeology

Rather than using old- fashioned engineer’s scales to depict the size of an artifact, modern archaeologists use beer cans. But you’d expect that they drink better beer.

 

Late Winter Birds 3-9-15

Lawrence's Goldfinch 3-9-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 3-9-15

We’re beginning to see the early Spring migrant birds, as well as lingering Winter birds.  Lawrence’s Goldfinches showed up several days ago, the same birds, I believe as the three I saw this morning.

Lawrence's Goldfinches 3-9-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinches 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

This Hooded Oriole showed up on March 8, pretty much right on time.  Last year, they arrived on February 24.  This stunning male has been in my yard most of today, partaking of hummingbird nectar, orange slices, and grape jelly, as well as hunting bugs in the yard.

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Evening Grosbeaks 3-9-15

Evening Grosbeaks 3-9-15

This pair of Evening Grosbeaks showed up a couple of weeks ago, and were last seen on February 25.

Female Evening Grosbeak 3-9-15

Female Evening Grosbeak 3-9-15

Costa's Hummingbird 3-8-15

Costa’s Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

 

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Hermit Thrush 3-8-15

Hermit Thrush 3-8-15

Northern Harrier Male 3-8-15

Northern Harrier Male 3-8-15

Alfredo Binda

Alfredo Binda

Alfredo Binda was, arguably, the greatest bicycle racer of all time.  He dominated the Giro d’Italia so much that he was offered the first place money to not race.  Other riders would not care to compete against him.  They all used drugs.