Eastern Sierra Birds – part 2

July 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Toward the end of our birding trip we learned that our leader Bob Barnes had been instrumental in saving a lot of land in the Kern River area as designated wilderness.  Here we are below standing next to the boundary sign; Bob is to the immediate left of the sign.

Despite opinions to the contrary, we birders are a pretty sane bunch.  Missing:  me and Lynne.

Despite opinions to the contrary, we birders are a pretty sane bunch. Missing: me and Lynne.

Our wanderings took us to habitats in the high mountains, old-growth forests, chaparral, and the Mojave desert.  The birds of prey tended to be in campgrounds or suburbia, oddly enough.

Long-eared owl blinking

Long-eared owl blinking

This long-eared owl was part of a community of owls long known to be nesting at a cemetery in Ridgecrest.  It is panting because it was pretty hot.  I think its nictitating membranes look a bit odd in that they move at an angle across the eyes, rather than up and down or strictly sideways..

Juvenile Cooper's hawk

Juvenile Cooper’s hawk

John Schmitt took us to a Cooper’s hawk nest in a campground, with half-grown babes still in or near the nest.  A parent watches nearby as we “ooh” and “aah.”

Cooper's hawk

Cooper’s hawk

We saw a beautiful and brilliant yellow Scott’s oriole at quite a distance, but I did get close enough to these two orioles for a recognizable photo.

Bullock's oriole male

Bullock’s oriole male

We learned that the hooded oriole is named not for having a hood (which it does NOT), but for the way its basket nest is built, sheltered over the top with a leaf such as this guy’s in a palm tree.

Hooded oriole male

Hooded oriole male

A pair of California quail were nearby. Below is the male.

California quail

California quail

I think I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves now.

Western scrub jay

Western scrub jay

Lark sparrow

Lark sparrow

Thick-billed fox sparrow

Thick-billed fox sparrow

Thick-billed fox sparrow

Thick-billed fox sparrow

Loggerhead shrike

Loggerhead shrike

Lesser goldfinch

Lesser goldfinch

Peckings of a red-breasted sapsucker

Peckings of a red-breasted sapsucker

Crissal thrasher at Louise's sanctuary.

LeConte’s thrasher at Louise’s sanctuary.

Our last stop was to a private sanctuary of sorts at the home of a woman named Louise.  She has converted her entire living room over to growing mealworms for the LeConte’s thrashers.  I grew some for my bluebirds in Maine, but that was just one tiny box.  She is even keeping notes on them to develop good beetle genetics, so as to make more and better larvae (the mealworms.)  She also gave us cuttings from her lifesaver cactus, which makes flowers that look they have a lifesaver in the middle.

LeConte's thrasher singing

LeConte’s thrasher singing

Townsend's solitaire

Townsend’s solitaire

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler after a bath

Audubon’s yellow-rumped warbler after a bath

Anna's hummingbird female

Anna’s hummingbird female

Green-tailed towhee

Green-tailed towhee

Green-tailed towhee

Green-tailed towhee

Rock wren singing its little heart out

Rock wren singing its little heart out

Old barns, Audubon Kern River Preserve at sunset

Old barns, Audubon Kern River Preserve at sunset

Outbuilding, Audubon Kern River Preserve

Outbuilding, Audubon Kern River Preserve

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Images taken with Canon SX-50

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2 Comments

  1. lynne jeffries said,

    Just plain lovely… 🙂

  2. Pam Leonard said,

    Love that little Cooper’s Hawk looking right into the camera from the nest!

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