I’ve been occupied transforming 30-year-old family videos into digital movies, so I’ve been remiss in keeping the blog up to date lately. Here are some of the birds I met on my road trip from California to Oklahoma in November that didn’t make it into the previous blog entries. Read the rest of this entry »
Although I chose not to visit Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge with a heavily loaded minivan due to the rugged roads, I stopped at the refuge’s visitor center in Ajo, Arizona and found out about a loop drive that was much easier to navigate. Read the rest of this entry »
The young canyon wrens made a non-stop racket at the 49 Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park. The loud peeps helped their parents keep track of them when they were ready to fill those noisy mouths with caterpillars.
The fledglings could fly well enough to pester a parent hunting for their meals. Soon, though, these babies will learn to find their own food, and the palm grove will return to peace and quiet. Read the rest of this entry »
Going birding with an expert familiar with which bird will be found where is usually an excellent way to “meet” new species, and the zone-tailed hawk was the highlight for me on a trip last week to Mojave National Preserve, California. Read the rest of this entry »
Since I moved to Southern California, I’ve been “saving” a visit to Mojave National Preserve for just the right weekend – an early April birding trip with the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society.
The weather was perfect, I added two birds to my life list, and the scenery surpassed expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
Birds seen on a field trip with San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and on the Morongo Valley Christmas Bird Count. (Not including ones already featured in recent blogs.) Read the rest of this entry »
The male Costa’s hummingbird also has a violet crown. This little beauty was seen sitting on a blooming bladderpod bush in California’s Morongo Valley last week.
He was the second Costa’s seen on the Christmas Bird Count. Since the first was at a bladderpod, when I saw another in bloom I hunted for another flying jewel. Read the rest of this entry »
The hard-to-pronounce word (fain-o-PEP-la) is Greek for “shining robe” according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. These unique birds of the Southwest congregate in areas of abundant mistletoe, and they typically eat more than 1,000 of those berries each day. Read the rest of this entry »
Although my trip in July to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah was a bust (child-rearing was already over) I did get a few nice images. The Western grebes look similar to the Clark’s grebe, but the black on the head covers their eyes. See the difference.
When I heard what sounded like a hummingbird singing, I went to the back porch with my camera and found two rufous hummingbirds locked in an aerial battle. Although some of these photographs aren’t sharp, it shows the Ninja-like dance before they dropped to the ground, still locked together. Read the rest of this entry »