Black-and-White Warbler 5-10-16

Black-and-White Warbler 5-10-16 at the Swamp

Black-and-White Warbler 5-10-16 at the Swamp

Black-and-White Warbler 5-10-16

Black-and-White Warbler 5-10-16

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.

Townsend's warbler

Townsend’s warbler

This is a common western migrant.

 

 

 

May Birds through 5-7-16

Western Tanager in the Local Mulberry

Western Tanager in the Local Mulberry Tree

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Lazuli Bunting, male

Lazuli Bunting, male

Lazuli Bunting, female

Lazuli Bunting, female

MacGilivray's Warbler, male

MacGillivray’s Warbler, male

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Western-wood Pewee

Western-wood Pewee

 

Black-throated Gray Warbler fresh from its bath

Black-throated Gray Warbler fresh from its bath

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

MacGillivray’s Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray's Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray’s Warbler – First of Season. 4-22-16.

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.

Blue Grosbeak - First of Season 4-22-16.

Blue Grosbeak – First of Season. 4-22-16.

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.

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

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.

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

These attractive buntings breed in the Cuyamacas and can often be found during the summer in the brush around the State campground.

Ash-trhoated Flycatcher 4-27-165

Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-27-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

Red Crossbill 4-16-16

Red Crossbill and two Pine Siskins 4-16-16

Red Crossbill and two Pine Siskins 4-16-16

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.

Scott's Oriole

Scott’s Oriole, adult male

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Bullock's Orioles and Western Tanager. They like jelly!

Bullock’s Orioles and Western Tanager. They like jelly!

 

Mid-April Birds 4-11-16

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.

Adult male Western Tanager 4-11-16

Adult male Western Tanager 4-11-16

Wilson's Warbler, likely a female

Wilson’s Warbler, likely a female

Four Bullock's Orioles share the jelly feeder

Four Bullock’s Orioles share the jelly feeder

Hooded Oriole, female

Hooded Oriole, female

Bullock's Oriole, probably a first-summer male

Bullock’s Oriole, a first-summer male

Hooded Oriole, adult male

Hooded Oriole, adult male

Cassin's Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Green Heron v. American Bullfrog.

Green Heron v. American Bullfrog.

Early Spring Arrivals 3-16-16

A newly arrived (3-16-16) Nashville Warbler battles with a recalcitrant worm.

A newly arrived (3-16-16) Nashville Warbler battles with a recalcitrant worm.

Down the hatch!

Down the hatch!

Adult male Bullock's oriole and female Scott's oriole at the jelly feeder.

Adult male Bullock’s oriole and female Scott’s oriole at the jelly feeder.

Two adult male Bullock's orioles squabble over the jelly feeder.

Two adult male Bullock’s orioles squabble over the jelly feeder while a female Scott’s waits her turn.

Female hooded oriole.

Female hooded oriole.

Tricolored Blackbirds. Soon to be listed as an endangered species.

Tricolored Blackbirds. Soon to be listed as an endangered species.

First of season Western Kingbird.

First of season Western Kingbird.

Late Winter Birds 3-4-16

Vesper Sparrow 3-2-16

Vesper Sparrow 3-2-16

Black-throated Sparrow 3-2-16

Black-throated Sparrow 3-2-16

Sage Thrasher 3-2-16

Sage Thrasher 3-2-16

Sage Thrasher 3-2-16

Sage Thrasher 3-2-16

These birds were found in the disturbed chaparral bordering the north end of Jacumba Valley Ranch.

Hooded Oriole 3-3-16

Hooded Oriole 3-3-16

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.

Hooded Oriole 3-4-16

Hooded Oriole 3-4-16

Scott's Oriole 3-4-16

Scott’s Oriole 3-4-16

Ruddy Duck (f) 3-4-16

Ruddy Duck (f) 3-4-16

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Another Lark Bunting 2-24-16

Lark Bunting photographed 2-24-16

Lark Bunting photographed 2-24-16

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-16

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-16

Detail showing differences between the two buntings

Detail showing differences between the two buntings

 

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.

Lark Bunting 2-28-16

Lark Bunting 2-28-16

Vesper Sparrow 2-28-16

Vesper Sparrow 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Belted Kingfisher 2-28-16

Rover ca 1960

Rover ~ 1956

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.

Hudson Let Liner detail

Hudson Jet Liner detail

Hudson Jet Liner

Hudson Jet Liner

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.