Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dickcissel 9-30-16

Dickcissel 9-30-16

Dickcissel 9-30-16

Dickcissel 10-1-16

Dickcissel 10-1-16

 

Dickcissel 10-1-16

Dickcissel 10-1-16

Dickcissel 9-30-16

Dickcissel 9-30-16

 Dickcissel 9-30-16

Dickcissel 9-30-16

 

Trent Stanley & I found this bird at the “sunflower lot” on Seeley Ave.  We were both tongue-tied for a moment, then the neurons all got on the same page.  Dickcissel.

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Hardtop Coupe

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

Here we have the classy jalopy.   Cadillac made 3900 of this model.  The list price was $6,566. A decent house could be purchased in 1956 for this amount. The engine was a 365 cubic inch V8 which produced 305 ponies.  Easily one of the coolest cars from the 50s.

 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…..

Lazuli Bunting 9-26-16

Lazuli Bunting 9-26-16

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 9-21-16

Golden-crowned Sparrow 9-20-16

Golden-crowned Sparrow 9-20-16

Moonrise over the Jacumba Mountains

Moonrise over the Jacumba Mountains

 

Bunting Trifecta 9-9-16

Painted Bunting, hatch-year female 9-9-16

Painted Bunting, probably a hatch-year female 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting adult male 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting adult male 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting 9-9-16

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

The “sunflower” lot  on Seeley Ave between Carrizo St. and Campo St. is perhaps the best birding spot in Jacumba.  This morning I came across several lazuli buntings and a nice male indigo bunting, seen above.  The best was reserved for later.  I spied a rather drab bird in poor light that had a bunting-like bill.  It flew off after I got one decent photo.  When I examined it later, I was a bit puzzled.  Clearly a bunting.  It all came together as I increased the exposure, revealing a drab green back!  Painted bunting!!!

Indigo buntings are uncommon, today’s is only the 4th I’ve come across in Jacumba.  Strange, they have all been adult males, so I must have missed a bunch of female/juveniles along the way.  Painted buntings are really rare. This is the 2nd I’ve found.  The last one was in late August of last year.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Western Tanager 9-8-16

Western Tanager 9-8-16

Costa's Hummer 9-8-16

Costa’s Hummer 9-8-16

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Fall Birds 9-5-16

The earliest Fall birds begin to show up in late July.  A smattering of western tanagers along with some orange-crowned warblers, Wilson’s warblers, good numbers of female and juvenile lazuli buntings and pairs of warbling vireos.  ones and twos of  black-throated gray warblers, Nashville warblers, yellow warblers, common yellow-throats and Townsend’s warblers.

We should see more migrating birds through the end of October.  Winter residents such as sapsuckers, white-crowned sparrows and Audubon’s warblers should be arriving in small numbers during September and October.

Summer resident birds such as blue grosbeaks will be around for a while, most of the orioles have left.  Only a few female and juveniles remain.

Wilson's warbler 8-21-16

Wilson’s warbler 8-21-16

Warbling Vireo 8-28-16

Warbling Vireo 8-28-16

Lazuli Bunting 8-28-16

Lazuli Bunting 8-28-16

Lazuli Bunting 8-28-16

Lazuli Bunting 8-28-16

Dunno Butterfly-moth 8-28-16

Great Purple Hairstreak  –  Atlides halesus 8-28-16

Bullock's Oriole with hooded oriole behind

Bullock’s Oriole with hooded oriole behind

Lincoln's Sparrow 9-2-16

Lincoln’s Sparrow 9-2-16

Western-wood Pewee 9-5-16

Western Wood-pewee 9-5-16

Flycatchers are rather difficult to distinguish, especially willows and wood-pewees.  Any comments?

Muscove Duck and sprog

Muscovy Duck and sprog

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

The Muscovy Duck is a domestic, barnyard, animal. Someone dumped two adults and 7 ducklings at the pond.  I noticed them on 9-3-16.  Its possible, but not likely, that the ducklings were hatched here.  Note the large claws.  These are large ducks, almost goose sized.