Jacumba Birding http://jacumbabirding.com Birding in San Diego County Sat, 03 Jun 2017 03:27:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 The End – June 2, 2017 http://jacumbabirding.com/2017/06/02/the-end-june-2-2017/ Sat, 03 Jun 2017 03:27:56 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2278 This is aufwiedersehen, sayonara, adiablos, fine,

 

bye.

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Black-throated Sparrow 2-3-17 http://jacumbabirding.com/2017/02/03/black-throated-sparrow-2-3-17/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:01:17 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2273

Black-throated Sparrow 2-3-17

Black-throated Sparrow 2-3-17

Black-throated Sparrow 2-3-17

Sage Thrasher 2-3-17

Black-throated Sparrows, along with a few Vespers,  and Brewer’s have been seen recently on Jacumba Valley Ranch.  Sage Thrashers continue in decent numbers.  Last year about this time Lark Buntings were seen.  Hooded Orioles should be appearing in the next two weeks or so.

 

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Common Merganser 1-28-17 http://jacumbabirding.com/2017/01/28/common-merganser-1-28-17/ Sun, 29 Jan 2017 01:37:07 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2267 Common Merganser 1-28-17

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

It has been pretty quite, bird wise, in Jacumba since I posted last.  Also- very cold, wet, and windy.  Last year and in previous winters I was seeing Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Vesper Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow.  This year, only a shy Eastern Phoebe, Sage Thrashers, and a few Scott’s Orioles break the boredom.

 

But this morning Trent Stanley and I found a group of 13 female-type Common Mergansers in the tiny sand pit on the Jacumba Valley Ranch.  The pit is next to the easily seeable while water tank-trailer near the two service stations at the Carrizo Gorge freeway offramp.

The birds flew off while we were there, several barely making it out of the pond.  I checked back later in the day and they were not to be found.

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

Common Merganser 1-28-17 Trent Stanley Photo

 

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Early December Birds 12-5-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/12/05/early-december-birds-12-5-16/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:47:15 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2258 Eastern Phoebe 12-5-16

Eastern Phoebe 12-5-16

This is likely the same Eastern Phoebe that I found in mid-November in the same area.

Eastern Phoebe 12-5-16

Eastern Phoebe 12-5-16

Sage Thrasher 12-5-16

Sage Thrasher 12-5-16

Sage Thrasher 12-5-16

Sage Thrasher 12-5-16

Loggerhead Shrike 12-5-16

Loggerhead Shrike 12-5-16

Loggerhead Shrike 12-5-16

Loggerhead Shrike 12-5-16

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Fall Birds 11-29-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/29/fall-birds-11-29-16/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:37:21 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2247 Red-breasted Sapsucker drilling sap wells

Red-breasted Sapsucker drilling sap wells

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

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.

Horned lark

Horned lark

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Merlin

Merlin

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Summer Tanager & Black-headed Grosbeak 11-22-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/22/summer-tanager-black-headed-grosbeak/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:32:57 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2234 Summer Tanager, female, 11-22-16

Summer Tanager, female, 11-22-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 11-22-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 11-22-16

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.

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Mountain Bluebird 11-16-16 & Sage Thrasher 11-18-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/16/mountain-bluebird-11-16-16/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:51:02 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2221 Mountain Bluebird 11-16-16

Mountain Bluebird 11-16-16

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.

Mountain Bluebirds 11-16-16

Mountain Bluebirds 11-16-16

These birds were found in the northern end of Jacumba Valley Ranch.

Mountain Bluebird 11-16-16

Mountain Bluebird 11-16-16

These birds are related to Western Bluebirds, American Robins and Hermit Thrushes.

Some common wrens are pretty easy to find around Jacumba.

Rock Wren 11-15-16

Rock Wren 11-15-16

House Wren 11-15-16

House Wren 11-15-16

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.

Addendum 11-17-16

Prairie Falcon 11-17-16

Prairie Falcon 11-17-16

Prairie Falcon 11-17-16

Prairie Falcon 11-17-16

Sage Thrasher 11-18-16

Sage Thrasher 11-18-16

Sage Thrasher 11-18-16

Sage Thrasher 11-18-16

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Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/08/eastern-phoebe-11-8-16/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:16:23 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2197 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.

Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

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.

Burrowing Owl, aka "Potato Bird"

Burrowing Owl, aka “Potato Bird”

Burrowing Owl, aka "Potato Bird"

Burrowing Owl, aka “Potato Bird”

Red-naped sapsucker 11-11-16

Red-naped sapsucker 11-11-16 at the swamp in Jacumba

Note the wells that have been excavated into the tree trunk.  Typical of sapsuckers.

The Salteen Sea 11-12-16

The Salteen Sea 11-12-16

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Another Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-6-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/07/another-rose-breasted-grosbeak-11-6-16/ http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/11/07/another-rose-breasted-grosbeak-11-6-16/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:40:39 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2191 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 11-7-16

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.

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Summer Tanager 10-24-16 http://jacumbabirding.com/2016/10/25/summer-tanager-10-24-16/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:24:15 +0000 http://jacumbabirding.com/?p=2174 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.

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