Monthly Archives: October 2016

Summer Tanager 10-24-16

Summer Tanager, Adult Male 10-25-16

Summer Tanager, Adult Male 10-25-16

Summer Tanager, Adult Male 10-25-16

Summer Tanager, Adult Male 10-25-16

This incandescent adult male Summer Tanager showed up in my pyracantha hedge on 10-24-16. These birds were rare in San Diego County 10 years ago.  Today they are almost common along the coast in the fall and winter.

Along with this tanager I also found a Varied Thrush, a close relative to the American Robin.  Varied Thrushes commonly forage with Robins.  If I get a pic of the thrush I’ll post it here.

Late Fall Migration

Myrtle warbler 10-7-16

Myrtle warbler 10-7-16

This is a relatively uncommon bird – not rare.  It is the eastern version of the very common yellow-rumped warbler.  The variety we get in these climes, often in large numbers, is the western version – Audubon’s warbler.  This species will likely be split into two in the near future.

Common Yellow-throat

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart, adult male 10-13-16

American Redstart, adult male 10-13-16 

American Redstart 10-13-16

American Redstart 10-13-16

This is an eastern and northern warbler, common into the Yukon, northern Colorado and east Texas.  The migrational route takes this species intro eastern California and they are often seen along the coast in the Tijuana River Valley.  Adult males have these bright orange feathers.  Female and juveniles have bright yellow in place of the orange.    This bird was too shy to pose for my camera.  Typical warble behavior.

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

The yellow spot is an important field mark to use when trying to differentiate this bird from the similar Black-and-White.

Lark Sparrow. ISO 10,000, at last light

Lark Sparrow. ISO 10,000, at last light