These birds are often seen in large groups. They are related to blackbirds and orioles. The song of this bird lis similar to Scott’s oriole.
The Summer Tanager is likely the same bird that I saw on 11-14-16 in the dead pines across Campo Street from my home. They are becoming more common in the county, especially along the coast. I had a male in my yard on 10-23-16 which I re-found and photographed the next morning. Black-headed Grosbeaks are rare in the late fall/winter. These two birds were found together in the same dead tree on Brawley Avenue.
These attractive thrushes stop by each year about this time. They prefer really crappy abandoned ag fields or over-grazed pasture lands. No shortage of crappy habitat around Jacumba.
These birds were found in the northern end of Jacumba Valley Ranch.
These birds are related to Western Bluebirds, American Robins and Hermit Thrushes.
Some common wrens are pretty easy to find around Jacumba.
There is no truth to the persistent rumors on MSNBC that President-elect Trump plans to deport Mexican birds found in the US. He will not build a bird-barrier across the border. However, he may attempt to collect and deport all of the filthy European Starlings, Eurasian Collared-doves, and English House Sparrows that compete with our nice, clean, American birds.
I found an Eastern Phoebe at the eastern terminus of Seeley Avenue adjacent to the abandoned ag fields on 11-8-16. It posed nicely for me, but I didn’t have my camera with me. I returned a few minutes later and could not find the bird. About 11a.m. I did a search and after covering most of the east end of town found the phoebe at the east end of Holtville Avenue. I got some not-so-good shots. On the 12th and 13th I re-found the phoebe and got a few almost decent shots. I discarded all but one of the pics from the 8th. In 2015 I found an Eastern Phoebe on November 21 in disturbed habitat adjacent to the abandoned ag fields near where this bird was found.
As the name implies, the Eastern Phoebe is an eastern bird, usually found from Texas east to the Atlantic and north to Manitoba and the Yukon. This is the third Eastern Phoebe that I’ve seen in Jacumba. The locally common Black Phoebe (aka the Tuxedo Bird), a close relative, is a well known and common year-round species in the far west .
On the 13th Trent Stanley & I drove out to the Salton Sea. We managed to find one or two Vermilion Flycatchers at Fig Lagoon, and several Burrowing Owls (aka Potato Birds) along the irrigation canals south of the Sea.
Note the wells that have been excavated into the tree trunk. Typical of sapsuckers.
This very accommodating rose-breasted grosbeak showed up on 11-6-16. I had to shoo off a Cooper’s hawk who almost trapped him inside one of my feeders! On October 18 I had a similar bird.