Monthly Archives: February 2016

Another Lark Bunting 2-24-16

Lark Bunting photographed 2-24-16

Lark Bunting photographed 2-24-16

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-16

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-16

Detail showing differences between the two buntings

Detail showing differences between the two buntings

 

Here are pics of the two lark buntings, the first from 2-17-16 and the second from 2-24-16.  In addition to the differences shown above, the great coverts, above the white patch on the wing, are different.  The second bird was found about a mile, as the bunting flies, from the first.  It was associating with vesper sparrows.

Lark Bunting 2-28-16

Lark Bunting 2-28-16

Vesper Sparrow 2-28-16

Vesper Sparrow 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Rover ca 1960

Rover ~ 1956

I don’t think that this Rover will do much more roving.  These were nice cars, underpowered, but appointed with lots of wood and leather.  By the mid-sixties, Rover used the Buick 215 cid  aluminum V8.

Hudson Let Liner detail

Hudson Jet Liner detail

Hudson Jet Liner

Hudson Jet Liner

Hudsons were nice cars in the thirties.  By the early 1950s Hudson was in serious decline.  The cheap and tacky “Jet” and “Jet Liner” were attempts to revive their sagging fortunes.  They eventually evolved into Rambler/AMC and their cars devolved into the absurd “Pacer” and ghastly “Gremlin” models.  The Jeep line escaped the death of AMC and is now owned by Italians. A step up.

 

Lark Bunting 2-19-16

Lark Bunting transitioning from basic to alternative plumes

Lark Bunting transitioning from basic to breeding plumes

I came across this fine specimen in the chaparral along the northeast corner of town, near the railroad tracks in Jacumba Valley Ranch. It flew off east into the weedy fields after I’d gotten a coupe of almost OK ID shots.  I found it again it down the road a few moments later and it was patient with my photographic efforts.

The timing for this bird appears perfect, but in Winter they are usually seen on the coastal slopes only.  An exception was the bird seen in the winter of 2008  at Milk Ranch Road near Cuyamaca Reservoir.  I remember marching through 6″ of snow and not finding the bird.

Lark Bunting 2-19-16 Jacumba Valley Ranch

Lark Bunting 2-19-16 Jacumba Valley Ranch

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17016

Lark Bunting  Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-2016

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17016

Lark Bunting  Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-2016

The FOS Hooded Oriole that appeared on 2-17-16 was a one-stop wonder.

 

Hooded Oriole – very early arrival 2-17-16

Hooded Oriole 2-17-16

Hooded Oriole 2-17-16

According to Phil Unitt’s San Diego County Bird Atlas (2004), Hooded Orioles begin to appear in early March.  The earliest recorded date is February 26.  In 2014 my date for this bird was February 24.

Turkey Vulture 2-14-16

Turkey Vulture 2-14-16

Merlin 2-14-16

Merlin 2-14-16

Rufous Hummer - another early bird - 2-1-16

Rufous Hummer – another early bird – 2-1-16

Red-Shouldered hawk at the swamp 2-3-16

Red-Shouldered hawk at the swamp 2-3-16

 Mummified house cat from ancient Egypt. Well behaved. Does not yowl of crap in the garden or chase birds.

Mummified house cat from ancient Egypt. Well behaved. Does not yowl, crap in the garden, throw up, or chase birds.