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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

 

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.

 

Perseids 8/12/16

The anual Perseid sky show was advertised as a first-class display of meteors.  It was just OK.  The first two pics are of a bright fireball followed by the red debris cloud it left behind.  The clouds persisted for about one minute.  Pics taken with Nikon D500 24mm f2.8 lens at 15 seconds ISO 4000.

Perseid Shooting Star

Perseid Shooting Star

Debris Cloud following shooting star

Debris Cloud following shooting star

The slight greenish glare at the bottom of the pic was from a streetlight.

Pressed with Andromeda Galaxy in background

Perseid with Andromeda Galaxy in background

And some recent

birds too…

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Juvenile Verdin

Juvenile Verdin

Green Heron

Green Heron

Summertime….

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

I don’t usually see grackles in my yard, but with the very warm days recently, a pair of female-type great-trailed grackles have been visiting my modest water features.  Other birds visiting my yard due to the high temperatures are California Thrasher, Norther Mockingbird, Ash-throated Fly (2), and Lawrence’s Goldfinch(2).

Lawrence's Goldfinch - HY Bird

Lawrence’s Goldfinch – HY Bird

 

Lawrence's Goldfinches

Lawrence’s Goldfinches

These two goldfinches appear to be hatch-year birds.  I suspect that the parents were around, but I did not see them.  Hatch-year birds have the light streaking on the chest.  Adults chests have no streaking.

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Red-winged Blackbird - at the swamp

Red-winged Blackbird – at the swamp

The Harry Anslinger Memorial High School Senior Class Agricultural Project – Orange California.

 

DSC_2529 poppy 6-21-16

DSC_2613 Science Project 2016

These flowers are of a ubiquitous species of Karelian mugwort, Artemisa fennica.    Bees seem to like them.  The seeds and oils from this plant are used in pickled herring, traditional Sami sausage, and Finnish vodka. So as you can see, this plant has an important place in Finnish culture. Congratulations to the students who grew these interesting plants.

Sunflowers - has nothing to do with Anslinger High

Sunflowers – has nothing to do with Anslinger High

Summer – 6-19-16

Where is my AK47 when I need it?

Where is my AK47 when I really need it?  Damn!

Indigo Beetle- I have no Idea what the name of this bug is.

Indigo Beetle- I have no Idea what the name of this bug is.

Violet-Green Swallow

Violet-green Swallow at Agua Dulce

Western Bluie

Western Bluie Laguna Meadow

Flicker. Unusual gray back

Flicker. Unusual gray back

I have no idea

I have no idea

Giant Laguna Meadow Foam

No Idea 2. Laguna Meadowfoam?

Saturn - 500mm lens with 1.7TC f8 1/400 second

Saturn – 500mm lens with 1.7TC f8 1/400 second