Monthly Archives: May 2015

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This is one of the most strikingly beautiful birds which occasionally make their way to Southern California.  Paul Lehman found one in Jacumba in June of 2013, and I’ve been looking ever since.  This morning this stunning adult male landed at my feeders.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

I am a bit surprised that this bird knew how to navigate a sock feeder.  Usually, only finches are interested in the nyger seed.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

This is my 124th yard bird, and 188th Jacumba bird.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5-26-15

This bird is in hog-heaven.

Harris’ Hawk 5-17-15

Harris' Hawk 5-17-15

Harris’ Hawk 5-17-15

I found this Harris’ Hawk soaring over the swamp this morning about 9:00 a.m.  It was riding thermals and drifted off to the northeast.  I’ll keep an eye out for it.  I suspect that it got blown this way by the recent storm (1.65-2.25″ rain in Jacumba). This is the first Harris’ since October 2013.

Harris' Hawk 5-17-15

Harris’ Hawk 5-17-15

Costa's Hummer 5-15-17

Costa’s Hummer 5-15-17

 

Green Heron 5-17-15

Green Heron 5-17-15

These pics were taken on a brand new model lens. The hawk pics are not acceptable, the bird was not too high and the pics each are about 1.9 megs. The Costa’s hummer is borderline bad as is the heron.  I could post some really awful oriole & kingbird pics, but, dear reader, you’d need eye-bleach.  I returned the new lens, hoping that the replacement they send me will be at least as sharp as the previous model.  The new len’s advantage is that it weighs about half as much and has VR (vibration reduction).  I won’t hold my breath.

 

 

Lesser Night-hawks 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser Night-hawk 5-12-15

Lesser night-hawks are usually seen at dusk and early morning in the late spring and summer.  This year I started seeing them in the morning on April 29.

Oriole Festival 5-10-15.  Scott's, Hooded, and Bullock's plus a pair of Tricolored Blackbirds.

Oriole Festival 5-10-15. Scott’s, Hooded, and Bullock’s plus a pair of Tricolored Blackbirds.

Bullock's Oriole 5-10-15

Bullock’s Oriole 5-10-15

Lawrence's Goldfinch 5-13-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 5-13-15

Blue Grosbeak, first summer male 5-10-15

Blue Grosbeak, first summer male 5-10-15

Blue Grosbeak 5-13-15, female

Blue Grosbeak 5-13-15, female

Hawk food. 5-12-15

Hawk food. 5-12-15

Cinco de Borracho Birds (5-5-15)

OK.. one day early.  In any event, this is my favorite faux holiday.  A drunken revel.

Myrtle Warbler 5-4-15.  Male is "alternatyive" plumage. Very spiffy!

Myrtle Warbler 5-4-15. Male in “alternative” plumage. Very spiffy!

Myrtle Warbler 5-4-15

Myrtle Warbler 5-4-15

Audubon's Warbler 3-29-15

For Comparison – Audubon’s Warbler 3-29-15

The myrtle warbler and Audubon’s warbler are sub-species of the too-common yellow-rumped warbler.  The myrtle warbler is the eastern variety, which we see in small number, usually in the fall and winter.  The western variety is Audubon’s warbler.

Yellow Warbler 5-3-15

Yellow Warbler 5-3-15

Western Tanager 4-30-15

Western Tanager 4-23-15

On El Centro Ave. there is a fruiting mulberry tree which attracts tanagers, grosbeaks, starlings, orioles and waxwings.

Yellow-headed Blackbird at the swamp

Yellow-headed Blackbird at the swamp 4-26-15

Lazuli Bunting 5-3-15

Lazuli Bunting 5-3-15

Summer Tanager 5-4-15

Summer Tanager 5-4-15

This is a crappy pic of a very shy bird.  I started hearing it sing, loudly, on May 1, and finally saw it on 5-4-15.  Last year the same bird, I suspect, showed up in mid-May and sang seemingly non-stop,  until July 2.  This morning I heard the bird calling rather than singing.  I soon spotted him with what appears to be a female summer tanager.

Evening Grosbeak 5-4-15

Evening Grosbeak 5-4-15

The evening grosbeak has become erratic, disappearing for several days and then showing up at my birdbath for a couple of days.  This morning I found her in the mulberry tree.  This bird may spend the summer here.  The male has not been seen in about a month.  He may still be around. I dunno.