Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hummingbird Circus 4-20-15

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Costas's Hummingbird

Costas’s Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Today, I found 5 of the 6 “possible” hummers for San Diego.  Besides the birds pictured, all males, I had Rufous hummers and lots of Anna’s.  The only one that I missed was the Allen’s.  The tiny Calliope is the least common.

Evening Grosbeak 4-16-15

Evening Grosbeak 4-16-15

Evening Grosbeak 4-18-15

Evening Grosbeak 4-18-15

Scott's Oriole 4-19-15

Scott’s Oriole 4-19-15

Lazuli Bunting 4-20-15

Lazuli Bunting 4-20-15

Yellow-headed Blackbird with Tricolored Blackbirds.

Yellow-headed Blackbird with Tricolored Blackbirds 4-20-15.

Yellow-headed Blackbird 4-20-15

Yellow-headed Blackbird 4-20-15

Cold war postage

Cold war postage

 

Spring Birds in Jacumba 4-13-15

Nashville Warbler 4-11-15

Nashville Warbler 4-11-15

Nashville Warbler 4-11-15

Nashville Warbler 4-11-15

Western Kingbird 4-12-15

Western Kingbird 4-12-15

Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-12-15

Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-12-15

Lawrence's Goldfinch 4-12-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 4-12-15

Tuning Device for "the Cat's Meow" by American Modern composer Charles Ives.

Tuning Device for “The Cat’s Meow” by American Modern composer Charles Ives.

 

Musicologists might recognize this as the tool used to tune the orchestra for an obscure work by composer Charles Ives, The Cat’s Meow.  A trombonist friend, who has perfect pitch, told me that she’d rather be deaf than listen to most of Ive’s works.

 

Oriole Trifecta 4-6-15

Scott's, Bullock's and Hooded Oriole squabble at the jelly feeder. 4-6-15

Scott’s, Bullock’s and Hooded Oriole squabble at the jelly feeder. 4-6-15

Orioles, and other common spring migrants have recently picked up the pace.  Today I had 13 orioles in my yard at the same time.  Perhaps 20 birds total of the three local species, Hooded, Scott’s and Bullocks.   The Bullock’s, seen in the center is an adult male.  The hooded on the right is a first-summer male, and the Scott’s is a first-summer male or adult female.

Oriole trifecta, 4-6-15

Oriole trifecta, 4-6-15

Lawrences Goldfinches, after being scarce last year, are much more numerous this season.  This may be due to the patches of their favorite food, common fiddleneck.  The abandoned next-door house’s yard includes a large patch.  I’ve been collecting the dry ripe seeds from the stalks.

Common Fiddleneck

Common Fiddleneck

Lawrence's Goldfinch 4-6-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 4-6-15

Lawrence's Goldfinch 4-5-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 4-5-15

Bullock's Oriole 3-31-15

Bullock’s Oriole 3-31-15

Scott's Orioles 3-31-15

Scott’s Orioles 3-31-15

Flicker, digiscoped photo using my scope and iPhone .

Flicker, digiscoped photo using my scope and iPhone

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak 4-6-15

Black-throated Gray Warbler 4-5-15

Black-throated Gray Warbler 4-5-15

 

Giro de Fiesta Island 1987

Giro de Fiesta Island 1987