This is an eastern warbler, not a bird that I was expecting. I did see one previously at the swamp in the Fall of 2014, but this is quite an unusual bird. They are very uncommon but not exceptionally rare along the coast in fall and winter.
This species superficially resembles the common western migrant, the Black-throated Gray Warbler.
This is a common western migrant.
This warbler is the most difficult to find of the western migrant warblers. It skulks along, often on the ground, scratching at the leaf litter like a towhee. The MacGillivray’s shown is a probably a female. The males, at this time of the year are brighter with more contrast and a black margin between the yellow breast and gray throat.
This near-adult male Blue Grosbeak is another FOS bird. I toyed with the idea that it was an Indigo Bunting, a way cooler bird. But alas! I also found a female Blue Grosbeak in the same spot at bit later.
The Black-headed Grosbeak is a local breeding species. They are common in much of the county during summer and during migration in the spring and fall.
These attractive buntings breed in the Cuyamacas and can often be found during the summer in the brush around the State campground.
It was quite windy in Jacumba this morning (4-16-16) and the swamp was pretty much devoid of birds worth looking at. Only a couple of singing Yellow Warblers, a pair of Green Herons and nesting Tricolored Blackbirds. But my yard was a different story! A red crossbill, a first summer male, unexpectedly showed up at my bird bath. Also, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Tanagers, the usual oriole trifecta, Costa’s hummer and Tricolored Blackbirds.
The mulberry tree on El Centro Ave. had several Western Tanagers, Cedar Waxwings, and Black-headed Grosbeaks.
Spring migration is starting to heat up, with large numbers of orioles, and decent numbers of warblers. The first western tanager has shown up at my feeder and is making a hog of himself. In a coupe of weeks the large fruiting mulberry tree on El Centro ave (west of Campo Street) will be covered in fruit which will attract all sorts of tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles, starlings etc.
These birds were found in the disturbed chaparral bordering the north end of Jacumba Valley Ranch.
This is one of a pair of adult males that arrived last week. They appear at my feeders several times a day. I suspect that they are scouting territories to defend once the mademoiselles arrive.
Here are pics of the two lark buntings, the first from 2-17-16 and the second from 2-24-16. In addition to the differences shown above, the great coverts, above the white patch on the wing, are different. The second bird was found about a mile, as the bunting flies, from the first. It was associating with vesper sparrows.
I don’t think that this Rover will do much more roving. These were nice cars, underpowered, but appointed with lots of wood and leather. By the mid-sixties, Rover used the Buick 215 cid aluminum V8.
Hudsons were nice cars in the thirties. By the early 1950s Hudson was in serious decline. The cheap and tacky “Jet” and “Jet Liner” were attempts to revive their sagging fortunes. They eventually evolved into Rambler/AMC and their cars devolved into the absurd “Pacer” and ghastly “Gremlin” models. The Jeep line escaped the death of AMC and is now owned by Italians. A step up.