Arroyo Toad in Jacumba – Not

New placard at the swamp

New placard at the swamp

Several new placards have appeared in Jacumba.  Sponsored by the Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization group, they highlight interesting sights etc. in Jacumba.  The placard pictured, placed at the swamp (aka Lake LaZare) has a big problem. It turns out that the Arroyo Toad, a federal endangered species, is not found in or near Jacumba.  If someone actually found one, it would be like having California Condors roosting with our Turkey Vultures.  Western Toad anyone?

In other sightings in Jacumba……

Willow Flycatcher 9-4-15

Willow Flycatcher 9-4-15

I’m a bit shaky on flycatchers, especially when it comes to western wood-pewees and willow flys.  So I might be mistaken here.

 

 

Acorn Woodpecker in Jacumba 9-4-15

Acorn Woodpecker in Jacumba 9-4-15

Unusual sighting of a common woodpecker.  These guys are usually seen only as far east as McCain Valley Road’s intersection with Old Highway 80 – about 6 miles west of Jacumba.  The Bird Atlas reports no records for Jacumba. There are enough oak trees with acorns that the town could support a small number of these noisy, social woodpeckers.

Black-throated Gray Warbler 9-4-15

Black-throated Gray Warbler 9-4-15

Lesser Goldfinch on Mexican Sunflower 9-4-15

Lesser Goldfinch on Mexican Sunflower 9-4-15

Black-chinned Sparrow 9-8-15

Black-chinned Sparrow 9-8-15