OK.. one day early. In any event, this is my favorite faux holiday. A drunken revel.
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.
On El Centro Ave. there is a fruiting mulberry tree which attracts tanagers, grosbeaks, starlings, orioles and waxwings.
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.
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.