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.
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
Western Tanager 4-23-16
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
These attractive buntings breed in the Cuyamacas and can often be found during the summer in the brush around the State campground.
Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-27-16
Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16
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, adult male
Bullock’s Orioles and Western Tanager. They like jelly!
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
Wilson’s Warbler, likely a female
Four Bullock’s Orioles share the jelly feeder
Hooded Oriole, female
Bullock’s Oriole, a first-summer male
Hooded Oriole, adult male
Green Heron v. American Bullfrog.