Daily Archives: May 4, 2015

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.