Monthly Archives: January 2016

Costa’s Hummingbird 1-27-16

First of Season Costa's Hummer 1-27-16

First of Season Costa’s Hummer 1-27-16

This first of season adult male Costa’s Hummingbird, Calypte costae , showed up this afternoon.  I’ve not had a Costa’s since last November 17.  Last year the first of season appeared on 1-22.

I’ve also been seeing up to 20 Anna’s hummingbirds, Calypte anna, in the evenings sharing, peacefully, my two feeders.  Some of these usually aggressive birds calmly share one feeder port, taking turns.

Scott's Oriole 1-25-16

Scott’s Oriole 1-25-16

I recently purchased a quantity of meal worms.  I’ve used these in the past to coax recalcitrant warblers out in the open to be photographed – this works great for Oven Birds – and I was not surprised that this adult male Scott’s Oriole, Icterus parisorum,  gobbles them up like candy.  He’ll stop by and eat 5 or 6 quickly and then fly off with another.  And then in about half an hour he returns and repeats, sometimes having grape jelly for dessert.

Bullock's Oriole, male

Bullock’s Oriole, male

This Bullock’s Oriole, Icterus bullock, showed up several weeks ago and I see him every three of four days.  This morning he was in a feeding flock with two bright Scott’s orioles.

 

Flicker fight 1-26-16

Flicker Fight 1-26-16

Flicker Fight 1-26-15

Flicker Fight 1-26-16

Flicker Fight 1-26-15

Flicker Fight 1-26-16

Flicker Fight 1-26-15

Flicker Fight 1-26-16

Flicker Fight 1-26-15

Flicker Fight 1-26-16

I found these two Northern Flickers, Colaptes auratus,  duking it out at the community park.

 

KNOW YOUR ENEMY!

Public Enemy Number 1 - Muffin

Public Enemy Number 1 – Muffin

Public Enemy Number 2- Lizzy Borden

Public Enemy Number 2 – Lucrezia

Public Enemy Number 3-Snowball

Public Enemy Number 3 – Snowball

the end

the end

 

Yuma AZ 1-6-16 Streak-backed Oriole

Streak-backed Oriole 12-6-15 Yuma

Streak-backed Oriole 1-6-16 Yuma

This, Dear Friends, is a bird that I’ve been waiting for ever since the first time I opened a birder’s guide.  I saw Mark Stratton’s post with photos recently, and could not resist the chance to see this spectacular icterid when Roger Uzun offered a day trip to Yuma and beyond.  The weather report indicated that it would be clear and relatively warm (65F) in Yuma.  We found the bird with the help of a traveling birder, Chris(?) from Montana.  It posed nicely in almost exactly the advertised spot.

Also seen were a couple of Gila woodpeckers and several Inca doves.

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 12-6-15

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 1-6-16

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 12-6-15

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 1-6-16

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 12-6-15

Streak-backed Oriole Yuma 1-6-16

Gila Woodpecker Yuma 12-6-15

Gila Woodpecker Yuma 1-6-16

Gila Woodpecker Yuma 12-6-15

Gila Woodpecker Yuma 12-6-15