Daily Archives: September 13, 2015

Seeley Avenue Birding 9-13-15

 

Yellow-breasted Chat 9-13-15

Yellow-breasted Chat 9-13-15

Seeley Avenue, particularly the sunflower lot and the lot directly across the street in the block to the east of Campo Street is the best spot for easy birding in Jacumba.  This week I’ve seen numerous Lazuli Buntings, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Tanagers, Hooded Orioles (getting really late), Wilsons Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, Lawrence’s Goldfinches, Swainson’s Thrush, and Warbling Vireos.

Yellow-breasted Chat 9-13-15

Yellow-breasted Chat 9-13-15

The chat is the largest of our warblers.  Its about the size of a northern mockingbird, and like the mocker its often very vocal, hence the name chat.  It looks more like a vireo than a warbler.

Phainopepla, male 9-13-15

Phainopepla, male 9-13-15

The female is gray with the same red eyes.  They favor mistletoe berries.

Lazuli Bunting 9-13-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-13-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-12-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-12-15

Black-headed Grosbeak 9-13-15

Black-headed Grosbeak 9-13-15

Black-headed Grosbeak 9-13-15

Black-headed Grosbeak 9-13-15

Western Tanager 9-13-15

Western Tanager 9-13-15

Yellow Warbler 9-12-15

Yellow Warbler 9-12-15