Monthly Archives: April 2016

MacGillivray’s Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray's Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray’s Warbler – First of Season. 4-22-16.

This warbler is the most difficult to find of the western migrant warblers.  It skulks along, often on the ground, scratching at the leaf litter like a towhee.  The MacGillivray’s shown is a probably a female.  The males, at this time of the year are brighter with more contrast and a  black margin  between the yellow breast and gray throat.

Blue Grosbeak - First of Season 4-22-16.

Blue Grosbeak – First of Season. 4-22-16.

This near-adult male Blue Grosbeak is another FOS bird.  I toyed with the idea that it was an Indigo Bunting, a way cooler bird.  But alas!   I also found a female Blue Grosbeak in the same spot at bit later.

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

The Black-headed Grosbeak is a local breeding species.  They are common in much of the county during summer and during migration in the spring and fall.

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

These attractive buntings breed in the Cuyamacas and can often be found during the summer in the brush around the State campground.

Ash-trhoated Flycatcher 4-27-165

Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-27-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

Red Crossbill 4-16-16

Red Crossbill and two Pine Siskins 4-16-16

Red Crossbill and two Pine Siskins 4-16-16

It was quite windy in Jacumba this morning (4-16-16) and the swamp was pretty much devoid of birds worth looking at.  Only a couple of singing Yellow Warblers, a pair of Green Herons and nesting Tricolored Blackbirds.  But my yard was a different story! A red crossbill, a first summer male, unexpectedly showed up at my bird bath.  Also, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Tanagers,  the usual oriole trifecta, Costa’s hummer and Tricolored Blackbirds.

The mulberry tree on El Centro Ave. had several Western Tanagers, Cedar Waxwings,  and Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Scott's Oriole

Scott’s Oriole, adult male

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Bullock's Orioles and Western Tanager. They like jelly!

Bullock’s Orioles and Western Tanager. They like jelly!

 

Mid-April Birds 4-11-16

Spring migration is starting to heat up, with large numbers of orioles, and decent numbers of warblers.  The first western tanager has shown up at my feeder and is making a hog of himself. In a coupe of weeks the large fruiting mulberry tree on El Centro ave (west of Campo Street) will be covered in fruit which will attract all sorts of tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles, starlings etc.

Adult male Western Tanager 4-11-16

Adult male Western Tanager 4-11-16

Wilson's Warbler, likely a female

Wilson’s Warbler, likely a female

Four Bullock's Orioles share the jelly feeder

Four Bullock’s Orioles share the jelly feeder

Hooded Oriole, female

Hooded Oriole, female

Bullock's Oriole, probably a first-summer male

Bullock’s Oriole, a first-summer male

Hooded Oriole, adult male

Hooded Oriole, adult male

Cassin's Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Green Heron v. American Bullfrog.

Green Heron v. American Bullfrog.